The UFC retains its final event of 2017 as it sets up the Octagon for UFC 219 at Las Vegas on December 30. The main event will see the dominant Cristiane»Cyborg» Justino place her UFC featherweight title at stake against Holly Holm.
There’s plenty to appreciate beyond the stellar main 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 profession from destroying her opponents. Cyborg has always been among the most aggressive fighters in the business but the former Invicta featherweight champion has learned to harness that thanks for her time with Rafael Cordeiro. The real meat to her game is the jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out until an opponent feels the necessity to fire back — then she will counter with quick, fight-ending intentions.
Cyborg is a huge fighter that possesses huge power for demanding clinch battles — although she’s also technically well served in this region too. Her normal equilibrium and core strength make takedown attempts typically unsuccessful.
Holly Holm (+270) is at her best when she can dictate the space and pace of the fight. The former professional fighter is great at picking away at her competition from a distance as a result of her clean, smooth footwork. At this period,»The Preacher’s Daughter» tends to throw a continuous diet of lefts and await her chance to counter. Although boxing was her first sport, Holm has done a great job adding kicks to her repertoire with the notorious Jackson-Wink oblique kick playing an important role. When a fight gets dirty or she tries to move forward, the former bantamweight champion is a great deal more hittable.
Concerning grappling, Holm is solid in the clinch and owns excellent takedown defense. But if an opponent can get Holm to the mat, she doesn’t offer much.
Holm is the stiffest challenge Cyborg has faced since Gina Carano eight years back. Holm has the ability to potentially frustrate Cyborg with her movement and distance management. Eventually, Cyborg’s aggressive fashion will neutralize these benefits.
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