The UFC holds its final event of 2017 when it sets up the Octagon for UFC 219 at vegas on December 30. The major event will see the dominant Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino place her UFC featherweight title on the line against Holly Holm.
There’s 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) since she has made a profession from destroying her enemies. Cyborg has always been one of the most competitive fighters in the industry but the former Invicta featherweight champion has learned to harness that thanks to her time with Rafael Cordeiro. The actual meat to her match is your jab, as Cyborg will relentlessly throw the jab out before a competitor feels the necessity to fire back — then she’ll counter with rapid, fight-ending intentions.
Cyborg is a massive fighter that owns huge strength for tough clinch conflicts — though she’s also technically well served in this area too. Her natural balance and core power make takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Holly Holm (+270) is at her best when she can dictate the space and pace of the struggle. The former professional fighter is great at picking away at her opponent from a distance as a result of her clean, smooth footwork. At this period,”The Preacher’s Daughter” will throw a steady diet of lefts and await her chance to counter. Though boxing was her very first game, 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 proceed, the former bantamweight champion is a great deal more hittable.
Concerning grappling, Holm is solid in the clinch and possesses excellent takedown defense. However, if an opponent can get Holm into the mat, she does not offer much.
Holm is the stiffest challenge Cyborg has confronted since Gina Carano eight years ago. Holm has the ability to potentially frustrate Cyborg together with her movement and space management. Eventually, Cyborg’s aggressive fashion will neutralize these benefits.