The UFC retains its final event of 2017 as it sets up the Octagon for UFC 219 at vegas on December 30. The main event will see the dominant Cristiane»Cyborg» Justino put her UFC featherweight title at stake against Holly Holm.
There is plenty to appreciate 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) because she’s made a career out of ruining her enemies. Cyborg has ever been one of the most competitive fighters in the business but the prior Invicta featherweight champion has learned to exploit that thanks for her time with Rafael Cordeiro. The real meat to her match is your jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out until an opponent feels the need to fire back — then she will counter with quick, fight-ending intentions.
Cyborg is a huge fighter that possesses huge strength for demanding clinch conflicts — though she is also technically well served in this area as well. Her natural equilibrium and core strength produce takedown attempts typically unsuccessful.
Holly Holm (+270) is at her best when she can dictate the space and speed of the fight. The former pro boxer is great at picking away at her opponent 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 wait for her opportunity to counter. Although boxing was her first sport, Holm has done a great job adding kicks for her repertoire with the notorious Jackson-Wink oblique kick playing an integral role. When a fight gets dirty or she attempts to proceed, the former bantamweight champion is a great deal more hittable.
Concerning grappling, Holm is solid from the clinch and owns great takedown defense. However, if an opponent can get Holm into the mat, she doesn’t offer much.
Holm is the stiffest challenge Cyborg has faced since Gina Carano eight decades ago. Holm has the ability to possibly frustrate Cyborg together with her movement and distance control. Eventually, Cyborg’s aggressive style will neutralize these advantages.
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