UFC 219 might not be the card that many were hoping it would be and it doesn’t quite boast the enormous star-power of 2016’s year-end event, UFC 207, but it still has an awful lot to offer.
While the UFC 207 headliner between women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey generated far more hype, UFC 219’s main event between women’s featherweight champ Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Holly Holm is arguably just as significant.
Justino, who hasn’t lost since her pro debut all the way back in 2005, is the most terrifying fighter in all of women’s MMA. She also sits atop most female pound for pound lists in the aftermath of Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 last month. While her opponent, Holm, is perhaps the greatest female combat sports athlete of all time. Having captured multiple world titles in boxing and the UFC women’s bantamweight title, ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ is now looking to become the first woman in history to win UFC belts in two weight-classes.
The mouth-watering co-main event features an intriguing clash of styles, as unbeaten grappling ace Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his long-awaited return to the octagon to face explosive striker and surging lightweight force Edson Barboza. The winner of this fight could well land himself an opportunity at the UFC’s 155-pound title sometime next year, although nothing is certain on the lightweight landscape at present.
These two fights and their four combatants are the focus of the UFC’s recently released Countdown show, which you can watch in it’s entirety below…
UFC 219 will also feature the return of top welterweight Carlos Condit, who takes on Neil Magny, as well a cracking bantamweight scrap between Jimmie Rivera and John Lineker. While top women’s strawweight prospect Cynthia Calvillo faces the toughest test of her career thus far against former champ Carla Esparza.