UFC 219 on Saturday in Las Vegas Features Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

By Tom Wilkinson
BETCRIS UFC 219 Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm

UFC 219 on Saturday night in Las Vegas features Cris Cyborg taking on Holly Holm. Cyborg has been unbeatable since her MMA debut, winning 18 straight fights, while Holm is 11-3. The fight between Cyborg and Holm is the main event on a four-fight main card on pay-per-view, with the co-main event a bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza. There are also six preliminary bouts, with four on FS1 and two on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at UFC 219, with a focus on Cyborg vs. Holm and Nurmagomedov vs. Barboza.

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Cris Cyborg -365 vs. Holly Holm

It is hard to see anything other than a win for Cyborg in this fight. She is 18-1 in her career with almost all of her wins coming by knockout. She has won all three of her UFC bouts by TKO and only one of the three fights made it into the third round. The only concern with Cyborg is that she hasn’t faced a lot of tough competition, but there really are not a ton of great women fighters. And Holm is not a great fighter. Cyborg’s three UFC wins came against Leslie Smith, Lina Lansberg and Tonya Evinger.

Holm is 11-3 in her career but she can’t handle tough competition. Her one good win was against Ronda Rousey and that win is looking more and more like a fluke. Holm lost the next three fights after the win against Rousey, as she was beaten by Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie. Holm is coming off a win against Bethe Correia in June but that win tells us little.

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This fight should be a striking battle and that means Cyborg has the edge. Holm is a good striker but she doesn’t have the power of Cyborg. I think Cyborg wins this fight but I don’t like laying more than 3-1. The rounds total is likely going to be 1.5, so I will take the rounds to go over the total.

Khabib Nurmagomedov -280 vs. Edson Barboza

Nurmagomedov has done nothing but win in his MMA career, as he is 24-0. He is finally starting to get a little respect and getting some matchups against good opponents. He goes up against Barboza who is 19-4 in his career. The question we have about Nurmagomedov is how good is he? It is hard to believe we have to ask that question about someone 24-0, but Nurmagomedov has fought just three times since April of 2014. He has not fought at all in more than a year, as he beat Michael Johnson in November of 2016.

Barboza is a good UFC veteran who is 19-4 in his career, including 13-4 in the UFC. He has won his last three fights, with unanimous decision wins against Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez and a knockout of Beneil Dariush.

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I rarely go against unbeaten fighters and I am not doing so here, but I am uncomfortable laying nearly 3-1 with Nurmagomedov against a good UFC fighter in Barboza. I will just take this fight to go under the rounds total of 2.5.

UFC 219 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, December 30 with the feature bout a matchup between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. There are four fights on the main pay-per-view card and six on the preliminary card, with four on FS1 and two on UFC Fight Pass.

Main Card (pay-per-view)

Cris Cyborg -365 vs. Holly Holm

Khabib Nurmagomedov -280 vs. Edson Barboza

Cynthia Calvillo -265 vs. Carla Esparza

Carlos Condit -165 vs. Neil Magny

Preliminary Card (FS1)

Khalil Rountree -300 vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

Marc Diakiese -178 vs. Dan Hooker

yles Jury -237 vs. Rick Glenn

Matheus Nicolau -325 vs. Louis Smolka

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Marvin Vettori -230 vs. Omari Akhmedov

Tim Elliott -225 vs. Mark De La Rosa

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