UFC events like UFC 222's match-up between Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya happen almost every month and have previously been the domain of cable services. "I have been training really hard for this fight". Nobody (was going to) accept the fight on short notice, and she did. "But she called me out and wants to fight me and now she has to fight and defend the belt".
Not that long ago, the talk throughout MMA was whether "Cyborg" would take on bantamweight champ, Amanda Nunes next.
The UFC have been known, in the past, to put a few too many eggs in a basket or two that might not fully deserve it, (we're looking at you Paige VanZant), but in Dern, they could well have a world-beater on their hands.
UFC 222 this weekend has suffered a similar fate.
Well, ahead of her fight against Yana Kunitskaya, Cris Cyborg spoke to TMZ and was asked about Ronda Rousey joining WWE, and the likelihood of a clash between the pair, in the Octagon or the squared circle. But Cyborg is listed as the biggest favorite in her career within the organization this Saturday at UFC 222, taking on promotional newcomer Yana Kunitskaya (10-3, 1 NC) with her women's featherweight championship on the line in the main event.
With a bit of a Tyson-Douglas feel, the 32-year-old Brazilian faces a 28-year-old opponent who, aside from the hardcore fan base, no one really knows.
On Kunitskaya: "You have to always respect your opponent".
"I would try my grappling for him", Cyborg said to TMZ Sports. "First thing I would try is a double leg (before tapping him)".
And with her ground game already world-class and her striking coming together, that confidence to do it all may be the secret to her soaring to the top of the division in the coming years. She's a young 24-year-old fighter coming in with a flawless 5-0 MMA record. She's a professional. She's more professional than I was when I was there. However, even an incarnation of "Cyborg" in less-than-ideal shape presents as stylistic poison for Kunitskaya.