We’ve speculated, we’ve deliberated, and finally it’s come to fruition – the UFC 219 main event of Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm for the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship has been confirmed.
The two foes will meet on December 30th in Las Vegas, in what is arguably the biggest women’s MMA fight since Ronda Rousey returned to battle Amanda Nunes in the back end of 2016.
It’s something that has been in the pipeline for a few months now, but for whatever reason, it didn’t seem like it was going to become a reality.
Thankfully the latter half of 2017 seems to be a touch more kind than the first, and we’ve been gifted with the opportunity to witness these two modern day gladiators go at it.
But the question remains – is this enough to transform it into being a card worthy of pay per view?
Of course there are certainly worthy bouts on the bill with the likes of Khabib vs Barboza and Condit vs Magny boosting the card, but when you put it altogether, it certainly doesn’t stack up against some of the beefier efforts of the year.
A big reason for that is probably the loss of Dominick Cruz vs Jimmie Rivera due to Cruz breaking his arm, and while there will likely be a replacement for Jimmie, that doesn’t necessarily mean that people will care all too much about the contest.
Depending on who you believe, there’s an argument to be made that Conor McGregor can be blamed for this whole thing. After all, he was being tipped to compete on this card against Tony Ferguson in a Lightweight Championship unification fight, but his actions at the recent Bellator show in Dublin supposedly shelved those plans.
Tyron Woodley may end up fighting Nate Diaz at 219 but that also seems incredibly unlikely, which leads us to believe that this Vegas card really is on a knife edge. If they wind up losing Holm vs Cyborg, for whatever reason, they’re going to be in one hell of a predicament considering how close we are to fight night.
But then again, perhaps we should all just be happy about the fact that we get to see Cris Cyborg compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at least one more time.
Based on the card as a whole right now we’ll answer our own question with a resounding ‘yes, it is enough’ but should one or two things go wrong from this point on then that could drastically change.