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Check Out The Updated UFC 222 Fight Card

Check Out The Updated UFC 222 Fight Card

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

March’s UFC 222 pay-per-view event was expected to be headlined by a featherweight title between current champ Max Holloway and top contender Frankie Edgar.

Unfortunately for fight fans, the Hawaiian champion suffered a leg injury and was forced to pull out of his highly anticipated title fight with “The Answer”.

With that news, the promotion was forced to find a new event headliner on short-notice for the March 3 fight card in Las Vegas.

In the end, the UFC convinced current women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg to help save the UFC 222 card by accepting a fight with Invicta FC bantamweight title holder Yana Kunitskaya.

Cyborg was last seen in action at December’s UFC 219 event, where she scored a unanimous decision victory over former women’s bantamweight title holder Holly Holm.

Meanwhile, Yana Kunitskaya was most recently seen in action at Invicta FC 25 where she captured the promotions vacant bantamweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over Raquel Pa’aluhi.

As for the aforementioned UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, “The Answer” will still compete on the March 3 fight card when he throws down with surging division contender Brian Ortega in a non-title bout.

Edgar is currently riding a two-fight win streak, his latest being a second-round TKO victory over Yair Rodriguez at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas.

Meanwhile, Ortega recently extended his record to a perfect 13-0 by scoring a submission victory over perennial division contender Cub Swanson this past December.

Get the full UFC 222 pay-per-view fight card below:

Main Card

145 lbs women’s title fight: Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
145 lbs: Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
135 lbs.: Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve
135 lbs.: Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano

FS1 Prelims

115 lbs.: Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder
155 lbs.: Beneil Dariush vs. TBD
135 lbs.: John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
185 lbs.: Hector Lombard vs. C.B. Dollaway

Fight Pass Prelims

135 lbs.: Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
205 lbs.: Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow
205 lbs.: Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead

Cub Swanson is down to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 222!

Cub Swanson is down to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 222!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Cub Swanson is down to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 222!

The perennial featherweight contender, Cub Swanson, recently responded to a fan on Twitter where he offered to help save March’s UFC 222 event by fighting Nate Diaz.

The fan had tweeted “Nate Diaz vs Cub Swanson UFC 222 Save the PPV!”, to which Cub replied “I’m down!”

UFC 222 recently lost its event headliner after Max Holloway was forced out of his title fight with Frankie Edgar due to an injury.

Cub Swanson has gone 4-1 over his past five fights, with his lone loss in that time coming to Brian Ortega.

Meanwhile, Nate Diaz has not competed since suffering a controversial majority decision loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202.

Would you like to see this fight put together by the UFC?

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke some very unfortunate news Friday when he announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had suffered an injury and was no longer able to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222.

With that news, the UFC has been left scrambling to try and find a new main event while attempting to keep “The Answer” on the March 3 fight card in Las Vegas.

MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC was hoping to have Brian Ortega replace the injured Max Holloway against Frankie Edgar in a non-title bout.

The promotion was also hoping to book a short-notice bantamweight title fight rematch between current champ T.J. Dillashaw and former title holder Cody Garbrandt to help salvage the card.

Unfortunately for fight fans hoping to see that rematch, Dillashaw is apparently injured and would rather return at UFC 226 this July in a super-fight with current Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

The always game former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar recently took to Twitter where he bravely announced that he would be willing to fight anyone in any weight class to save the UFC 222 pay-per-view event.

“I’m down for anyone, any fight, any weight class. Let’s save this fight card! @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2” – Frankie Edgar

It did not take long for “The Answer” to receive an offer, as the aforementioned former UFC bantamweight champion of the world Cody Garbrandt took to social media with the following.

“@AliAbdelaziz00 get us paid I’m down!! #fightersfight” – Cody Garbrandt

Is this the fight to make?

Nate Diaz is interested in saving UFC 222!

Nate Diaz is interested in saving UFC 222!

Nate Diaz is interested in saving UFC 222!

Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz says he is interested in saving March’s UFC 222 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.

The Stockton Slugger revealed the exciting news to the LA Times Lance Pugmire.

“The best option to fill in for the @BlessedMMA void at #UFC222 is @NateDiaz209 and he tells me he’s 💯 interested….make it happen @ufc” – Lance Pugmire

UFC 222, which goes gown on March 3, recently lost its headliner as UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway suffered an injury and will no longer be able to defend his title against Frankie Edgar.

“The Answer” is still expected to compete at the event, as the promotion is hoping to book him in a non-title bout against Brian Ortega.

The UFC 222 pay-per-view event definitely needs some serious help and Nate Diaz may be the only solid option who is willing and available.

Who would you like to see Nate Diaz fight if he steps up and saves UFC 222?