The UFC holds its final event of 2017 when it sets up the Octagon for UFC 219 in Las Vegas on December 30. The major event will see the dominant Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino put her UFC featherweight title at stake against Holly Holm.
There’s plenty to love beyond the stellar Principal event with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Edson Barboza, Carlos Condit and Marc Diakiese on the card.
Cyborg vs Holly Holm
We watch Cyborg (-360) since she has made a profession from ruining her opponents. Cyborg has ever been one of the most aggressive fighters in the business however, the prior Invicta featherweight champion has learned to harness that thanks for her time with Rafael Cordeiro. The actual meat to her match is the jab, as Cyborg will relentlessly throw the jab out until a competitor feels the need to fire back then she will counter with quick, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a huge fighter who possesses huge power for tough clinch battles — although she is also technically well served in this area too. Her natural equilibrium and core strength make takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Holly Holm (+270) is at her best when she can dictate the distance and speed of the fight. The former professional fighter is great at picking away at her competition from a distance thanks to her clean, smooth footwork. At this period,”The Preacher’s Daughter” will throw a continuous diet of lefts and then await her opportunity to counter. Although boxing was her very first game, Holm has done a wonderful job adding kicks to her repertoire with the infamous Jackson-Wink oblique kick playing an integral part. When a fight becomes dirty or she tries to move forward, the former bantamweight champion is much more hittable.
In terms of grappling, Holm is strong in the clinch and possesses excellent takedown defense. However, if an opponent can get Holm to the mat, then she doesn’t offer much.
Holm is the stiffest challenge Cyborg has faced since Gina Carano eight years ago. Holm has the capacity to potentially frustrate Cyborg together with her motion and distance management. Eventually, Cyborg’s aggressive style will neutralize these benefits.
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