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UFC 219: Cyborg outstrikes Holly Holm to earn decision victory

UFC featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (19-1-0, 1NC) successfully defended her crown with a unanimous decision win over former bantamweight champ Holly Holm (11-4-0) in the main event of UFC 219 Saturday evening.

Holm tried to use the clinch early and often to cut off the pressure of Cyborg, who calmly stalked Holm and landed punishing kicks and right hands whenever she could. The judges agreed, giving Holm the first two rounds, but by the third round, Justino adjusted and started clinching of her own and loading up on strikes whenever Holm tried to move in.

The judges scored it 49-46, 48-47, and 48-47.

Holm became the first fighter to take ‘Cyborg’ to the limit in the UFC. The two earned Fight Of the Night, with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tim Elliott earning performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts.

UFC FIGHT EARLY FIGHT PASS PRELIMS

#11 TIM ELLIOTT VS. MARK DE LA ROSA

WINNER: TIM ELLIOTT VIA SUBMISSION R2 1:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TIM ELLIOTT VIA UD

ANDREWS: Great technical win for Elliott, matching and exceeding De La Rosa on the ground and landing the anaconda choke with the loss of his trainer heavy on his mind.

TSN 2 PRELIMS

#13 LOUIS SMOLKA VS. MATHEUS NICOLAU

WINNER: MATHEUS NICOLAU VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LOUIS SMOLKA VIA SD

ANDREWS: Nicolau’s speed and left hook scored points all night long. Smolka showed his toughness, but was simply outclassed and is now on the bubble. Excellent win for Nicolau.

MARVIN VETTORI VS. OMARI AKHMEDOV

UFC 219

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (28-28, 29-28, 28-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: OMAR AKHMEDOV VIA UD

ANDREWS: A great back-and-forth battle with both fighters running out of gas at the end. I thought Vettori eked it out, but I’m not mad at a majority draw.  Well done to both fighters.

#15 MYLES JURY VS. RICK GLENN

UFC 219

WINNER: MYLES JURY VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MYLES JURY VIA TKO 

ANDREWS: Except for the clinch, the technical skills of Jury were too much for the gritty Glenn to overcome. Jury barely broke a sweat it seemed.

KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. VS. MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK

UFC 219

WINNER: MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHALIL ROUNTREE VIA TKO

ANDREWS: Rountree started off fresh, but could not put the youngster away. Give credit to the poise of the young Oleksiejczuk for staying in the fight, working Rountree to the body and coming away with he win. Great win.

MAIN CARD 

#8 CARLOS CONDIT VS. #12 NEIL MAGNY

WINNER: NEIL MAGNY VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CARLOS CONDIT VIA TKO

ANDREWS: Magny used pressure and grappling to smother Condit and not let him get comfortable striking wise. Good win for Magny.

#6 CYNTHIA CALVILLO VS. #9 CARLA ESPARZA

WINNER: CARLA ESPARZA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CYNTHIA CALVILLO VIA TKO

ANDREWS: I thought Calvillo won this one.

DAN HOOKER VS. MARC DIAKIESE 

WINNER:DAN HOOKER VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R3 0:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAN HOOKER VIA UD 

ANDREWS: Not much action in the first two rounds, but Hooker did a good job of keeping the wild Diakiese under control. Then locking in the guillotine choke off a takedown attempt, beautiful.

#2 KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VS. EDSON BARBOZA

WINNER: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VIA UD (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV VIA TKO

ANDREWS: Total domination by The Eagle. Give Barboza props for lasting and not giving up, but he was outclassed. Who can stop The Eagle?

MAIN EVENT

CRISTIANE “CYBORG” JUSTINO VS. #2 HOLLY HOLM

WINNER: CRISTIANE JUSTINO VIA UD (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CRISTIANE JUSTINO VIA UD

ANDREWS: Holly Holm used the clinch to good effect, but the Cyborg still outstrucke her each round and landed most of the power shots. Good win for Cyborg.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
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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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