It was widely believed that UFC 222 was on the verge of being downgraded to a Fight Night after the main event champion, featherweight Max Holloway, was injured and forced out of his fight with Frankie Edgar. However, Ariel Helwani reports for MMA Fighting that the show will go on, and with a title fight.
UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino will fight former Invicta FC women’s bantamweight champ Yana Kunitskaya in the main event on March 3 in Los Vegas. Frankie Edgar too gets a fight, vs. #3 ranked Brian Ortega, with the winner getting a title shot at healed up Holloway.
The UFC also negotiated a rematch between UFC men’s featherweight champ T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, but apparently could not come to terms.
UFC 222 Card to Date:
Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski
C. B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard
Ashley Yoder vs. Mackenzie Dern
Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira
Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead
Beneil Dariush vs. Bobby Green
John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz