Cris Cyborg returns to action this Saturday when she attempts to make the second defense of her featherweight title in the main event of UFC 222.
Cyborg (19-1, 1 NC) believes her opponent, Yana Kunitskaya, will be one of her toughest to date. Despite being the huge betting favorite, the Brazilian says she is taking Kunitskaya very seriously due to her association with Holly Holm and JacksonWink MMA.
“Yana will be a tough challenge for me. A lot of people don’t know who she is and that is because there have been no featherweight fights in the UFC besides championship bouts,” Cyborg explained. “Yana was 8-1 at featherweight before winning the Invicta FC belt at Bantamweight. I think she will make for an exciting fight and am glad she accepted the bout.
“Yana will be training with Holly Holm and the Jackson’s Gym. She is a very skilled opponent with a lot of fight experience. I will take her seriously and respect her skills the entire time we are inside the Octagon.” she continued.
UFC 222 takes place this Saturday March 3 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The main card headlined by Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.