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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

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?

Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent

Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent

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

Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent!

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has suffered an injury and will no longer be able to compete against Luke Rockhold in the headliner of next month’s UFC 221 pay-per-view in Australia.

The former UFC middleweight champion, Rockhold, will now face off with perennial contender Yoel Romero for the promotions interim middleweight title at the event.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was first to report the news on Twitter:

“Breaking on ESPN: Robert Whittaker has pulled out of UFC 221 next month due to injury. Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero for interim title will headline, per UFC. Whittaker will face winner.” – Brett Okamoto

Yoel Romoero was originally slated to square off with David Branch at February’s UFC on FOX 28 event in Orlando.

No word yet on who will replace the “Soldier of God” against Branch.

Romero was last seen in action at UFC 213 where he suffered a close decision loss to the aformentioned Robert Whittaker in a bout that crowned the promotions interim middleweight champion.

Whittaker was later promoted to undisputed middleweight champion, this after Georges St-Pierre opted to vacate his middleweight strap shortly after defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in UFC 221’s newly announced main event between Romero and Rockhold?

BREAKING! Kelvin Gastelum has a new opponent for UFC Shanghai

BREAKING! Kelvin Gastelum has a new opponent for UFC Shanghai

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

Perennial UFC middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum has received a new opponent for UFC Shanghai.

Not even a full week after losing his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre via third-round stoppage, Michael “The Count” Bisping has agreed to fight Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Shanghai in just two weeks time. MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani just broke the news.

Gastelum was initially slated to fight former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva at the event. However, “The Spider” was recently flagged by USADA and pulled from the card by UFC officials.

UFC Shanghai takes place November 25 and airs exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Who do you think wins this exciting fight?