The UFC retains its last event of 2017 as it sets up the Octagon for UFC 219 in vegas on December 30. The major event will see the dominant Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino put her UFC featherweight title on the line against Holly Holm.
There’s plenty to appreciate beyond the leading Principal event with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Edson Barboza, Carlos Condit and Marc Diakiese on the card.
Cyborg vs Holly Holm
We observe Cyborg (-360) since she’s made a career from destroying her enemies. Cyborg has ever been among the most competitive fighters in the business however, the former Invicta featherweight champion has learned to exploit that thanks for her time with Rafael Cordeiro. The real meat to her game is the jab, as Cyborg will relentlessly throw the jab out before an opponent feels the necessity to fire back then she will counter with quick, fight-ending intentions.
Cyborg is a massive fighter who possesses huge strength for demanding clinch battles — although she is also technically well served in this region too. Her natural balance and core strength produce takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Holly Holm (+270) is at her best when she can dictate the space and speed of the struggle. The former professional fighter is great at picking away at her competition in the distance thanks to her clean, smooth footwork. At this distance,”The Preacher’s Daughter” tends to throw a continuous diet of lefts and then await her chance to counter. Though boxing was her very first game, Holm has done a great job adding kicks for her repertoire with the notorious Jackson-Wink oblique kick playing an important role. When a fight becomes dirty or she attempts to proceed, the former bantamweight champion is much more hittable.
In terms of grappling, Holm is solid in the clinch and owns great takedown defense. But if an opponent can get Holm into the mat, then she does not offer much.
Holm is the stiffest challenge Cyborg has confronted since Gina Carano eight decades back. Holm has the ability to possibly frustrate Cyborg with her movement and distance management. Finally, Cyborg’s aggressive fashion will neutralize these advantages.
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