The UFC retains its last 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 has made a career from destroying her enemies. Cyborg has always been among the most competitive fighters in the business however, the prior Invicta featherweight champion has learned to harness that thanks to her time with Rafael Cordeiro. The real meat to her match is your jab, as Cyborg will 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 massive fighter who possesses huge power for tough clinch conflicts — though she’s also technically well served in this area too. Her normal balance and core strength produce takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Holly Holm (+270) is at her best when she can dictate the space and pace of the struggle. The former pro boxer is great at picking away at her competition in the distance thanks to her clean, smooth footwork. At this period,”The Preacher’s Daughter” tends to throw a steady diet of lefts and then await her opportunity to counter. Though 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 tries to proceed, the former bantamweight champion is much more hittable.
In terms of grappling, Holm is strong from the clinch and possesses excellent takedown defense. But if an opponent can get Holm into the mat, then she does not offer much.
Holm is the stiffest challenge Cyborg has confronted since Gina Carano eight years back. Holm has the capacity to potentially frustrate Cyborg with her movement and space control. Eventually, Cyborg’s aggressive fashion will neutralize these advantages.
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