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UFC 222: Sorry, but Cris Cyborg doesn’t have strong knockout power, so calm the f—k down

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Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey got smashed in back-to-back fights, while ex-strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk was tooled by Rose Namajunas, so there is little debate as to who is the most dominant female fighter currently competing in mixed martial arts (MMA).

But just because featherweight smashing machine Cris Cyborg puts forward a savage striking attack — and turns “Iron” into putty — doesn’t mean she has true knockout power. That’s according to upcoming opponent Yana Kunitskaya, who believes former champion Holly Holm is better at landing the one-hitter quitter.

“I know that she’s strong, but I don’t think she has that strong of knockout power,” Kunitskaya told MMA Junkie. “She has no clean knockouts where girls go down, like Holly (Holm) have. But yes, she’s very tough. She finishes all the fights by technical knockout. I think I’m strong, too, strong enough to compare with her.”


I think most opponents, like the since-retired Gina Carano, would have preferred to go out with one punch, as opposed to sitting through a Brazilian blitzkrieg. Particularly when it returns frightening numbers like these.

We’ll find out what kind of power Kunitskaya has when the cage door closes in the five-round main event of the UFC 222 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza this Saturday night (March 3, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Cyborg puts her 145-pound strap on the line.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 222 click here.

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