One world title fight. A pair of top lightweight contenders eyeing a championship opportunity. Two former UFC champions looking to climb back into title contention.
UFC 219, which takes place Dec. 30 at the Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, has all the aforementioned goodies -- and much, much more. The main card will be highlighted with a women's featherweight title fight pitting Brazilian legend Cris "Cyborg" Justino against Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm, but the co-main of Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is just as worthy of a pay-per-view headlining spot.
The winner of that fight will undoubtedly become the new No. 1 contender at lightweight. Whoever walks away with their hand raised will get the next shot at Tony Ferguson or Conor McGregor, whoever is holding the UFC's lightweight title in the early part of 2018. As for the main event of Holm vs. Justino, it's a fight that will feature two of the greatest female fighters to ever set foot inside the Octagon.
Holm, a former UFC bantamweight champ, has a chance to make history, as a win would make her the first woman to win belts in two different weight classes in the UFC. "Cyborg," on the other hand, is simply looking to prove she's the baddest woman on the planet at 145 pounds. Both ladies have one-punch knockout power. "The Preacher's Daughter" is known more for her highly technical boxing style, but "Cyborg" showed in her most recent start that she is more patient and less wild than in the early part of her career.
Elsewhere on the UFC 219 main card, former UFC champions Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza and Carlos Condit look to climb back into the title mix in their respective divisions. Esparza fights surging prospect Cynthia Calvillo in an exciting women's strawweight tilt, while Condit collides with perennial contender Neil Magny at welterweight.
The UFC 219 main card will be rounded out with a barn-burner of a bantamweight contest, with Jimmie Rivera battling John Lineker.
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