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UFC 219: ‘Cyborg’ defends against Holly Holm

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UFC 219 will feature perhaps the greatest female matchup of all time when Brazilian featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino (18-1-0, 1NC) takes on former boxing and octagon bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm (11-3-0) in Las Vegas.

Justino, 32, won the belt by defeating Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 and is currently unbeaten in 19 MMA bouts, a span of over 12 years.

It’s been just over two years since Holm, 36, upset Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 to win the bantamweight crown. She has since struggled, losing the belt to Miesha Tate and looking lastlustre in losses to Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie. However, “The Preacher’s Daughter” rebounded in her last fight with an impressive TKO win over Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111.

UFC 219 is scheduled for Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The current card includes:

Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0) vs. Edson Barboza (19-4-0)

Kamaru Usman (11-1-0) vs. Emil Weber Meek (9-2-1)

Cynthia Calvillo (6-0-0) vs. Carla Esparza (12-4-0)

Cristiane Justino (18-1-0, 1NC) vs. Holly Holm (11-3-0)

Myles Jury (16-2-0) vs. Rick Glenn (20-4-1)

Jimmie Rivera (21-1-0) vs. TBA

Carlos Condit (30-10-0) vs. Neil Magny (18-6-0)

Louis Smolka (11-4-0) vs. Matthew Nicolau (12-1-1)

Gokhan Saki (1-1-0) vs. Khalil Rountree (6-2-0)

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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