UFC ENDS YEAR WITH WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

UFC ENDS YEAR WITH WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Las Vegas – UFC will finish 2017 with a blockbuster event when UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg battles former women’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm at UFC 219. This marks the second consecutive year that the UFC’s New Year’s card will be headlined by a women’s championship fight. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be available live on Pay-Per-View.

Among the most dominant fighters in mixed martial arts, Cyborg captured the vacant UFC women’s featherweight championship with a spectacular TKO win over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in July. Holding 16 knockout wins to her name, the Brazilian slugger now looks to cement her title reign with a stunning stoppage against Holm.

A multiple-time boxing champion whose head kick KO win over Ronda Rousey sent shockwaves through the MMA world, Holm aims to become the first woman to hold championships in two separate UFC divisions. Known for her precision striking and slick footwork, Holm’s most recent outing saw her deliver another highlight-reel knockout over Bethe Correia.

UFC
219
will also feature a thrilling lightweight co-main event between No. 2-ranked contender Khabib Nurmagomedov and No. 3 Edson Barboza.

A perennial contender, undefeated Nurmagomedov has torn through the 155-pound competition with dominant victories over former champ Rafael Dos Anjos, Michael Johnson and Thiago Tavares. The two-time World Sambo champion looks to use Barboza as a stepping stone to a title shot.

A dangerous striker, Barboza’s victories over Terry Etim and Beniel Dariush are among the most sensational knockouts in UFC history. Known for his crushing kicks and knees, the Brazilian has also earned impressive wins over Gilbert Melendez, former champion Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder. Adding Nurmagomedov to his resume will launch Barboza straight into the title mix.

Additional bouts:

- No. 4-ranked bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera looks to stake his claim for a title shot when he meets heavy-handed and No. 5-ranked John Lineker.

- Former interim welterweight champion and No. 8-ranked contender Carlos Condit returns against No. 11-ranked Neil Magny.

- KO artists collide as Khalil Rountree Jr. takes on UFC newcomer Michal Oleksiejczuk.

- In a pivotal strawweight bout, surging No. 7-ranked contender Cynthia Calvillo faces her toughest test in former champion and No. 8-ranked Carla Esparza.

- No. 14-ranked featherweight Myles Jury aims to continue his momentum against gritty Rick Glenn.

- In a battle of dynamic lightweight strikers, Dan Hooker squares off with Marc Diakiese.

- No. 13-ranked flyweight Louis Smolka looks to snap a three-fight skid when he faces streaking Matheus Nicolau.

- In a clash of middleweight prospects, Marvin Vettori meets Omari Akhmedov.

UFC 219
will air live on PPV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 30, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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