The UFC returns to its home of Las Vegas as they return to pay per view. UFC 222 goes down tonight as Cris Cyborg looks to defend her featherweight belt for the second time against former Invicta bantamweight champion, Yana Kunitskaya. Cyborg is coming off her first defense against former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. Kunitskaya is coming off a three fight stretch with Invicta FC. She is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Raquel Pa’aluhi where she won the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title.
In the co-main event, a top-3 featherweight clash goes down as future hall of famer and former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, takes on the undefeated Brian Ortega. This fight will most likely decide who the next challenger for Max Holloway will be. Edgar is coming off his dominant win over another hot prospect, Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211, winning the fight by TKO due to a doctor stoppage. Ortega is coming off a win in his first UFC main event as he finished Cub Swanson via guillotine in the second round of their fight in Fresno.
Kicking off the main card will be the return of former bantamweight title challenger, Cat Zingano, as she takes on Ketlen Vieira. Following that will be a heavyweight clash between Stefan Struve and former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Before the co-main event will be a bantamweight fight between Sean O’Malley and Andre Soukhamthath.
Follow along with MMA Sucka as we provide you with the results throughout UFC 222.
UFC 222 Results
MAIN CARD (PPV – 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET)
Cris Cyborg def. Yana Kunitskaya via TKO (Punches) at 3:55 of Round 1
Brian Ortega def. Frankie Edgar via KO (Punches) at 4:44 of Round 1
Sean O’Malley def. Andre Soukhamthath via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Andrei Arlovski def. Stefan Struve via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Ketlen Vieira def. Cat Zingano via Split Decision (29-28 Vieira, 29-28, Zingano, 29-28 Vieira)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Fox Sports 1 – 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)
Mackenzie Dern def. Ashley Yoder via Split Decision (29-28 Yoder, 29-28 Dern, 29-28 Dern)
Alexander Hernandez def. Beneil Dariush via KO (Punch) at 0:42 of Round 1
John Dodson def. Pedro Munhoz via Split Decision (29-28 Munhoz, 30-27 Dodson, 29-28 Dodson)
CB Dolloway def. Hector Lombard via Disqualification (Two Illegal Punches After Round 1)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass – 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET)
Zak Ottow def. Mike Pyle via TKO (Punches) at 2:34 of Round 1
Cody Stamann def. Bryan Caraway via Split Decision (29-28 Caraway, 29-28 Stamann, 29-28 Stamann)
Jordan Johnson def. Adam Milstead via Split Decision (29-28 Johnson, 30-27 Milstead, 29-28 Johnson)
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