Over the years, Las Vegas has become one of the premier hosts of major boxing matches and now it will welcome in some of the best MMA fighters in the world for UFC 222 on Saturday night, March 3. The fight between Cyborg and Kinitskaya is the headliner, but the Edgar versus Ortega fight is down as a co-feature, which means we are in for a great night of action in the octagon. There is a total of 5 fights on the main card, so let’s get a closer look at all of them, making some predictions as we go and get the best for your UFC Betting Picks.


Event Information:

What: UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya
When: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 9:00 P.M CT
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, United States
Venue: T-Mobile Arena

Here’s the full fight card and bout order for Saturday, March 3rd:

Main Card (09:00 PM CT, PPV):

Women’s Featherweight: Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski
Women’s Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira

Preliminary Card (7:00 PM CT, FS1):

Women’s Strawweight: Ashley Yoder vs. Mackenzie Dern
Lightweight:  Beneil Dariush vs. Alexander Hernandez
Bantamweight: John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
Middleweight: C. B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard

Early Preliminary Card (5:30 PM CT, Fight Pass)

Welterweight: Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow
Bantamweight: Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
Light Heavyweight: Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead


Cat Zingano (+132) Vs Ketlen Vieira (-152)

The main card gets underway with a fight between two of the best female fighters in the UFC right now. Zingano is currently ranked #6 in the bantamweight division and comes into this fight with a 9-32 career record. Here fights tend to not go the distance, with over half of her victories coming by KO. She will have her toughest test yet when she enters the octagon to face Brazilian brawler Ketlen Vieira, who comes in with an unblemished 9-0 record. She does not flash a lot of power, preferring to do her best work on the mat. Close one here, but I think Vieira wins.

Cat Zingano

Record: 9-2-0 (W-L-D)
Current Rank: #6 Woman Bantamweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Fight of the Night

Nickname: Alpha
From: Winona, Minnesota United States
Fights Out Of: Denver, Colorado United States
Age: 35
Height: 5′ 6″ (167 cm)
Weight: 135 lb. (61 kg)
Reach: 68″
Leg Reach: 38″

Ketlen Viera

Record: 9-0-0 (W-L-D)
Current Rank: #5 Woman Bantamweight
Fight Night Bonuses: N/A

Nickname: Fenomeno
From: Manaus, Amazonas Brazil
Fights Out Of: Manaus, Amazonas Brazil
Age: 26
Height: 5′ 8″ (172 cm)
Weight: 135 lb. (61 kg)

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Stefan Struve (-190) Vs Andrei Arlovski (+155)

Struve comes in as the #10 ranked heavyweight in the UFC and is a man in need of a win if he wants to continue climbing the ranks. Struve employs some impressive kickboxing skills and used his sizes and power to get his opponents into submission holds. Arlovski is 39 years of age and perhaps in the late stages of his career, but he is still a dangerous fighter with very good grappling skills. This is a good test for Struve that I believe he passes.

Stefan Struve

Record: 32-9-0 (W-L-D)
Current Rank: #10 Heavyweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night / 2 Fight of the Night / 1 Knockout of the Night / 3 Submission of the Night

Nickname: Skyscraper
From: Beverwijk, The Netherlands
Fights Out Of: Beverwijk, The Netherlands
Age: 30
Height: 7′ 0″ (213 cm)
Weight:  265 lb. (120 kg)
Reach: 84″
Leg Reach: 48″

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Andrei Arlovski

Record: 26-15-0, 1NC (W-L-D)
Current Rank: #12 Heavyweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night / 2 Fight of the Night

Nickname: The Pit Bull
From: Minsk Belarus
Fights Out Of: Chicago, Illinois United States
Age: 39
Height: 6′ 3″ (190 cm)
Weight: 240 lb. (109 kg)
Reach: 77″
Leg Reach: 44″

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Sean O’Malley (+120) Vs Andre Soukhamthath (-140)

O’Malley is considered an up and coming contender in the bantamweight division and was handed a UFC contract after excelling in the Tuesday Night Contender series. He is unbeaten at 9-0 in his career and will get a real test on Saturday night against Soukhamthath, a fighter with a 12-5 record and some serious boxing skills. I think this is where we might see out the first surprise of the night, and I think O’Malley might steal this one.

Sean O’Malley

Record: 9-0-0 (W-L-D)

Nickname: Sugar
From: Helena, Montana United States
Fights Out Of: Glendale, Arizona United States
Age: 23
Height: 5′ 11″ (180 cm)
Weight:  135 lb. (61 kg)
Reach: 72″
Leg Reach: 39″

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Andre Soukhamthath

Record: 12-5-0 (W-L-D)

Nickname: The Asian Sensation
From: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Fights Out Of: Lake Worth, Florida United States
Age: 29
Height: 5′ 9″ (175 cm)
Weight: 135 lb. (61 kg)
Reach: 70″
Leg Reach: 37″

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Frankie Edgar (-165) Vs Brian Ortega (+145)

Edgar is the #2 ranked fighter in the featherweight division, sporting a 21-5-1 record. While this fight is listed as a co-feature, it could easily have been given the top billing, as it also features the #3 ranked fighter in the class. Ortega comes in with a perfect 13-0 record and can really help his cause with a win over a big-time UFC fighter. Neither one of these fighters has KO power, so this is one that could go the distance, with Edgar winning by unanimous decision.

Frankie Edgar

Record: 21-5-1 (W-L-D)
Current Rank: #2 Featherweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 2 Performance of the Night / 7 Fight of the Night / 1 Knockout of the Night

Nickname: The Answer
From: Summit, New Jersey United States
Fights Out Of: Toms River, New Jersey United States
Age: 36
Height: 5′ 6″ (167 cm)
Weight: 145 lb. (65 kg)
Reach: 68″
Leg Reach: 37″
College: Clarion University
Degree: Political Science

Significant Stats, Facts, Figures, and Numbers:

  • Edgar ranks first in UFC history with 6:27:49 in total fight time. He is more than 22 minutes ahead of the second-ranked Michael Bisping.
  • Edgar ranks fourth in UFC history with 67 takedowns landed.
  • Edgar ranks third in UFC history with 2,012 total strikes landed.
  • Edgar ranks fourth in UFC featherweight history with a plus 1.73 strike differential.
  • Edgar ranks second in UFC history with 1,378 significant strikes landed.
  • Edgar ranks fourth in UFC featherweight history with 2.17 strikes absorbed per minute.
  • Edgar ranks tenth in UFC history with a significant strike defense of 70.5 percent.
  • Edgar ranks sixth in UFC history in longest average fight time. He averages 17:38 per bout

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Brian Ortega

Record: 13-0-0, 1NC (W-L-D)
Current Rank: #3 Featherweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night / 3 Fight of the Night

Nickname: T-City
From: Los Angeles, California United States
Fights Out Of: Los Angeles, California United States
Age: 27
Height: 5′ 8″ (172 cm)
Weight: 145 lb (65 kg)
Reach: 69″
Leg Reach: 39″

Significant Stats, Facts, Figures and Numbers:

  • Ortega is tied for eighth in UFC featherweight history with eight submission attempts.
  • Ortega ranks fifth in UFC featherweight history with 1.9 submissions per 15 minutes of fight time.

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Cris Cyborg (-1700) vs Yana Kunitskaya (+1100)

With Ronda Rousey now out of the UFC picture, it is Cris Cyborg who is considered by most to be the face of the women in MMA. She is leaps and bounds ahead of her current competition, which is why the Edgar/Ortega fight might well prove to be the best one of the night. Both of these women tend to win their fights by KO, which is why this one is not likely to go the distance. Look for Cyborg to win this one in the early rounds.

Cris Cyborg (19-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC)

Record: 19-1-0, 1NC (W-L-D)
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Fight of the Night

Height: 5’8″
Age: 32
Weight: 145 lbs.
Reach: 68″
Last fight: Decision win over Holly Holm (Dec. 30, 2017)
Camp: RVCA Gym (California)
Stance/striking style: Orthodox/muay Thai
Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:

  • UFC featherweight champion
  • Strikeforce and Incivta FC titles
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt
  • 16 KO victories
  • 9 first-round finishes
  • KO power
  • Aggressive pace and pressure
  • Superb killer instinct
  • Evolved striking
  • Shot selection and technique
  • Strong inside the clinch
  • Solid wrestling and takedown ability
  • Favors bodylocks and lateral drops
  • Good positional grappler
  • Devastating ground striker

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Yana Kunitskaya (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

Record: 10-3-0, 1NC (W-L-D)
Fight Night Bonuses: Performance of the Night / Fight of the Night / Knockout of the Night / Submission of the Night

Height: 5’8″
Age: 28
Weight: 145 lbs.
Reach: N/A
Last fight: Decision win over Raquel Pa’aluhi (Aug. 31, 2017)
Camp: Jackson-Wink MMA (New Mexico)
Stance/striking style: Orthodox/muay Thai
Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:

  • Invicta bantamweight champion
  • Tae kwon do accolades
  • Muay Thai accolades
  • 7 KO victories
  • 1 submission win
  • 7 first-round finishes
  • Consistent pace and pressure
  • Solid feints and footwork
  • Manages distance well
  • Accurate shot selection
  • Diverse kicking arsenal
  • Deceptively strong in clinch
  • Active knees in close
  • Shows improved wrestling fundamentals
  • Competent transitional grappler

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