UFC 219: Cyborg faces Holm in defense of featherweight title
UFC 219 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday December 30 (Sunday December 31 in Australia). The pay-per-view event concludes the 2017 calendar. On Friday the promotion topped up the fight card with the women’s featherweight championship, featuring the current title holder Cris “Cyborg” Justino, who defends the belt against Holly Holm.
“An accomplished competitor who has held titles in Strikeforce and Invicta FC, defeating the likes of Shayna Baszler, Gina Carano and Marloes Coenen along the way, feared striker Cris Cyborg (18-1, 1 NC) made her long-awaited UFC debut in 2016 and the hits just kept on coming for the Brazilian bomber. Stopping Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg in her first two Octagon appearances, Cyborg went on to take the UFC featherweight championship in July of this year with a third- round finish of Tonya Evinger that extended her remarkable unbeaten streak to 19 heading into her showdown against Holm.
A 2017 inductee of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame, Albuquerque’s Holly Holm (11-3) was a three-division world champion in the ring before making the full-time move to MMA in 2013. Since then, Holm has continued to make her mark, winning two UFC bouts before knocking out the previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey in 2015 to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title. Holm would lose the belt to Miesha Tate, but in June of this year, she showed off her knockout form once more against Bethe Correia, and this December she will move to 145 pounds to face off with Cyborg.”
Other match ups and the fight order is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current UFC 219 lineup can be found below.
Women’s Featherweight Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm
Bantamweight TBA vs. Jimmie Rivera
Women’s Strawweight Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
Flyweight Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau
Welterweight Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
Light Heavyweight Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Gökhan Saki
Lightweight Dan Hooker vs. Marc Diakiese
Welterweight Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Weber Meek
Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza
Lightweight Myles Jury vs. Rick Glenn
Middleweight Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov