It's worth noting that Ortega stepped on a month's notice after reigning UFC Featherweight champion Max Halloway suffered an ankle injury. Here's everything you need to know. She trains at a good gym in MMA Lab where every fight she has improves her striking skills.
Cris "Cyborg" Justino (19-1, 1 no-contest) has had little competition since joining the UFC almost two years ago, and the betting odds in her bouts certainly back that up. But then I saw women fighting in more promotions, and I knew if I came back, I wouldn't have to worry about the money, I could just fight and focus on training.
The odds were stacked against UFC 222 from the beginning, and now the top of betting boards across the valley reflect as much.
Kunitskaya has fought at featherweight before, scoring a first-round TKO of Cindy Dandois more than seven years ago. The main event is expected to be completely one-sided, but the other four bouts on the main card could go either way Saturday night at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. In fact, the unbeaten Ortega presents the former lightweight champion with the very definition of a trap fight. Her weight cuts were brutal and unsafe, and even as she ran through opponents there was a feeling that audiences weren't getting to see the best version of Justino. While many don't feel she will walk out of Las Vegas with the gold, Kunitskaya feels confident she'll leave "Sin City" as the first Russian woman to capture a UFC championship. The 7-foot Struve (32-9) has been stopped three times in his last seven fights, while the 39-year-old Arlovski (26-15) ended a five-fight losing streak in November. Justino is now almost a -2000 favorite on some sportsbooks, so the hope for this makeshift headliner is simply that it exposes more folks to the Brazilian's legendary brand of beatdowns and orients us toward a more palatable fight for her later this year. "I feel great, my weight is great and I want to keep doing great things for my division".
Even Justino is interested to see how she will do in less-than-ideal circumstances.