The UFC holds its final event of 2017 as it sets up the Octagon for UFC 219 in 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’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 observe Cyborg (-360) since she has made a career out of destroying her opponents. Cyborg has always been one of the most competitive fighters in the business but the prior Invicta featherweight champion has learned to harness that thanks for her time together 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 need to fire back — then she will counter with quick, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a massive fighter that owns huge power for tough clinch battles — although she is also technically well served in this region too. Her normal equilibrium and core power 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 pro boxer is great at picking away at her opponent from a distance thanks to her clean, smooth footwork. At this period,”The Preacher’s Daughter” tends to throw a continuous diet of lefts and wait for her chance to counter. Although boxing was her first game, Holm has done a wonderful job adding kicks to her repertoire with the notorious Jackson-Wink oblique kick playing an important part. When a fight gets dirty or she tries to move forward, the former bantamweight champion is much more hittable.
Concerning grappling, Holm is solid from the clinch and possesses 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 confronted since Gina Carano eight decades ago. Holm has the capacity to potentially frustrate Cyborg with her motion and distance control. Eventually, Cyborg’s aggressive style will neutralize these advantages.