Cris "Cyborg" Steps up to Save UFC 222

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Cris "Cyborg" Steps up to Save UFC 222

A UFC women's Featherweight title bout between Cris "Cyborg" Justino and Invicta FC Bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya is rumoured to be set to headline UFC 222, per Ariel Helwani.

The card, which will take place March 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, needed a new headliner after Max Holloway suffered an ankle injury that forced him to withdraw from his featherweight title tilt against Frankie Edgar.

Edgar will remain on the card, and the No. 2-ranked contender will have another tough challenge as he faces No. 3-ranked contender Brian Ortega in the three-round co-main event of the evening.

Justino had always been considered the best female featherweight in the world when she finally made her UFC debut in May 2016.

The two will compete in a three-round, non-title fight, with the victor expected to face Holloway for the title upon his return from injury.

Kunitskaya was scheduled to face Leah Letson in her octagon debut at the event after initially announcing a fight with Sara McMann for UFC on FOX 28. Edgar-Ortega will be a title eliminator, not an interim title fight.

Cyborg (19-1, 1NC) is unbeaten in her last 20 fights and last competed in UFC 219 in December, beating Holly Holm by unanimous decision.

Following the UFC's global expansion and incredible growth over the past few years, the promotion nearly always ensures that its numbered events, i.e. PPV shows, are headlined by one or more title fights.

Kunitskaya, a former bantamweight champion in the all-female Invicta FC organization, will be making her UFC debut. He is 7-0 in non-title fights over the past five years.

Before receiving another title shot at featherweight, two-time challenger Edgar beat down up-and-comer Yair Rodriguez this past May for his second straight win. Ortega is coming off of a brilliant guillotine submission win over perennial featherweight player Cub Swanson.