Featherweight title fight between Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Yana Kunitskaya being finalized for UFC 222 in Las Vegas


The UFC is close to finalizing a female featherweight title fight between Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas.

The promotion has been furiously working on a new main event this week, after Max Holloway, UFC 222’s original headliner, was forced to pull out with an ankle injury. Holloway (19-3) was supposed to defend his title against No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar.

According to sources, the UFC has found its replacement in Justino and Kunitskaya. MMAFighting.com first reported the new main event.

In addition to the main event, Edgar (22-5-1) is expected to remain on the card in a non-title bout against undefeated contender Brian Ortega (13-0).

Justino (19-1) is coming off her first UFC title defense against Holly Holm on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White had expressed interest in pairing Justino with bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, but those plans are on hold for now.

Kunitskaya (10-3) is a former bantamweight champion in the all-female promotion Invicta FC. She has not fought in the UFC previously.

The UFC 222 pay-per-view event is scheduled to take place at T-Mobile Arena.

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