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New main event set for UFC 222 following Max Holloway's withdrawal

Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino will put the women’s featherweight title on the line against Yana Kunitskaya.

UFC women's featherweight champion Cris 'Cyborg' Justino.
UFC women's featherweight champion Cris 'Cyborg' Justino.
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NEXT MONTH’S UFC 222 card in Las Vegas has got a new main event.

Nine weeks after overcoming Holly Holm via unanimous decision at the T-Mobile Arena, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino (19-1) will return to the same venue for her next defence of the women’s featherweight title.

It has been confirmed that the 32-year-old Brazilian will take on former Invicta bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya (10-3). The 28-year-old Russian will be making her debut in the UFC.

UFC 222 was originally due to be headlined by Max Holloway’s featherweight title defence against Frankie Edgar. However, that match-up has fallen through for a second time as a result of an ankle injury sustained by the champion.

Nevertheless, Edgar will remain on the bill. In a battle between the fighters ranked second and third in the 145-pound division respectively, Edgar (22-5-1) has been booked for a bout against the undefeated Brian Ortega (13-0).

UFC 222 will happen on Saturday, 3 March. The organisation’s next pay-per-view event, UFC 221 headlined by an interim middleweight title bout between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, takes place this Saturday night in Perth, Australia.

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