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Originally UFC 223 was scheduled to feature a featherweight title fight between champion Max Holloway and challenger Frankie Edgar. UFC 223 was in danger of being canceled when Holloway was forced to pull out with an injury. The pair were originally slated to fight at UFC 218 in Detroit, but an eye injury forced Edgar out and Holloway defended his belt against Jose Aldo in an immediate rematch.
Enter Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino to save the day. Cyborg successfully defended her strap against Holly Holm at UFC 219 on the end of December card and is making the quick turnaround on three weeks notice to save the card. Her challenger is former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya, who is making her UFC debut on short notice.
Edgar remains on the card as well, fighting the rising Brian Ortega in a default No. 1 contender bout for the featherweight strap. Edgar cited his limited remaining time in his career as the reason for fighting instead of waiting to fight Holloway at a later date.
The UFC also explored a banatamweight title fight between champion T.J
Prediction: Ortega via third-round submission
Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano
On a relatively light main card, the opening bout featuring Cat Zingano and Ketlen Vieira does at least provide some intrigue.
It features the return of a former women’s bantamweight challenger in Zingano and an undeniable fast-riser in the division in Vieira.
For Zingano, it’s a chance to return to relevance. She’s ranked No. 6 in the division, but that’s largely on reputation at this point. She was obviously a top contender in the Ronda Rousey era of the division, but it’s a weight class that is changing, and it’ll be her chance to prove she still belongs.
Still, despite the inactivity and injuries, Zingano believes she’s still the best fighter in the division.
“I 100 percent think I’m the best 135-pound girl in the world, I always have,” Zingano said, per MMA Fighting’s Eugene Leydon. “You know, I haven’t lost that, and I do realize that there are circumstances that go into proving it. The point is proving it is what matters.”
If Zingano is to prove that she is still really one of the elite fighters in the division, it’s going to be a hard night.
It’s more likely that Vieira picks up an important win in her quest to break into the top of the division.