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Cris Cyborg title bout, Edgar vs. Ortega keep UFC 222 afloat



A fight card that was once in jeopardy has now been saved.

According to a report from MMAFighting, UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (19-1) will defend her title against current Invicta FC bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya (10-3). Frankie Edgar (22-5-1), who was originally slated to fight Max Holloway for the featherweight strap in the main event before Holloway got injured, will remain on the card. He’ll take on the undefeated Brian Ortega (13-0) in a co-main event title eliminator. UFC President Dana White later confirmed the report on UFC Tonight. The event will still take place on March 3rd inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A number of fights, including a TJ Dillashaw-Cody Garbrandt title rematch and a Nate Diaz return, were rumored to replace Holloway-Edgar before there was talk about potential of the card being canceled altogether due to lack of a title fight headliner.

UFC President Dana White is slated to appear on UFC Tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports 1 to confirm the aforementioned news.

Here’s how the new look UFC 222 stands as of tonight:

Women’s Featherweight Title Main Event
Cris Cyborg (c) (19-1) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (10-3)

Featherweight Bout
Frankie Edgar (22-5-1) vs. Brian Ortega (13-0)

Heavyweight Bout
Stefan Struve (28-9) vs. Andrei Arlovski (26-15)

Middleweight Bout
Hector Lombard (34-8-1) vs. C.B. Dollaway (16-8)

Bantamweight Bout
John Dodson (19-9) vs. Pedro Munhoz (15-2)

Lightweight Bout
Bobby Green (24-8-1) vs. Beneil Dariush (14-3-1)

Women’s Bantamweight Bout
Cat Zingano (9-2) vs. Ketlen Vieira (9-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Mackenzie Dern (5-0) vs. Ashley Yoder (5-2)

Bantamweight Bout
Sean O’Malley (9-0) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (12-5)

Bantamweight Bout
Bryan Caraway (21-7) vs. Cody Stamann (16-1)

Light Heavyweight Bout
Jordan Johnson (8-0) vs. Adam Milstead (8-1)

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