Within the first protection of her ladies’s featherweight title, Cris Cyborg was in a position to get previous Holly Holm with a hard-fought 5 spherical choice within the closing battle of 2017 at UFC 219.

Whereas Cyborg is finest recognized for her dominant performances, Holm was a sport opponent, as she gave the champion every part she might deal with over all 25 minutes, however she nonetheless got here up quick on the finish of the night time. Cyborg was good with each assault she used towards Holm, typically ready for the right second to attract her into an trade earlier than unleashing her finest punches.

Cyborg landed energy photographs quite a few occasions all through the course of the battle as she snapped Holm’s head round together with her finest punches. By the tip of the battle, the whole left aspect of Holm’s face was swollen and busted up courtesy of the Cyborg proper palms that got here at her typically over the course of 5 rounds.

When it was over, Cyborg earned the unanimous choice victory to retain her 145-pound ladies’s title.

Going into the battle, Cyborg was a stable favourite, with 64 % of fantasy gamers selecting her to win. An amazing majority at 86 % of these gamers then picked Cyborg to win by knockout however meaning the choose few who predicted a choice had been having fun with just a few further factors by the point the night time was over.

Within the co-main occasion, Khabib Nurmagomedov remained undefeated with a lopsided victory over Edson Barboza as the 2 lightweights battled it out with hopes of securing a title shot within the deep and treacherous 155-pound division. Nurmagomedov punished Barboza by means of all three rounds with a vicious ground-and-pound assault en path to a dominant win.

Fantasy gamers had been savvy on this matchup, with 78 % selecting Nurmagomedov to win and one other 49 % predicting that he would stroll away with a choice.

Whereas the favorites received the principle and co-main occasion, Dan Hooker managed to drag off an upset in his battle towards Marc Diakiese after he submitted the highly-touted light-weight in a important card bout at UFC 219. Solely 21 % of fantasy gamers picked Hooker going into the cardboard, but he pulled off one of many largest wins of his younger UFC profession.

Hooker wasn’t alone when it got here to upsets at UFC 219, with former ladies’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza turning into the primary particular person at hand Cynthia Calvillo a defeat after six straight wins to start her profession. Esparza was solely chosen by 26 % of fantasy gamers, however she managed to return by means of with an enormous win on Saturday.

Talking of underdog victories, there was none greater than Neil Magny providing former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit a impolite welcome again to the Octagon after 16 months away. Magny was solely picked by 16 % of fantasy gamers, with one other 71 % accurately predicting a choice win for the previous Final Fighter competitor.

The underdogs simply stored on successful on the preliminary portion of the cardboard, with Michał Oleksiejczuk getting previous heavy-handed striker Khalil Rountree Jr. Oleksiejczuk was solely chosen by 18 % of fantasy gamers they usually additionally loved an additional 40 level bonus as a result of this was his UFC debut.

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The favorites lastly acquired again on monitor with Myles Jury making his lengthy awaited return to the Octagon as he defeated Rick Glenn by choice. Jury was a heavy favourite, with 80 % of fantasy gamers selecting him to win towards Glenn.

The upsets continued with Matheus Nicolau taking out Louis Smolka in a flyweight showdown after simply 32 % of fantasy gamers picked him to win. Nicolau appeared super all through the battle, though he could not fairly get the end in a battle between two flyweights hoping to make an influence in 2018.

One favourite who got here by means of with flying colours was Tim Elliott, who took out newcomer Mark De La Rosa by anaconda choke within the second spherical. Elliott was chosen by a whopping 83 % of fantasy gamers, and people who picked him can even get a 50-point bonus because of this being a really quick discover battle.

On the finish of the night time, 4 favorites got here away victorious, with 5 upsets going down in accordance with the picks made by fantasy gamers for the ultimate battle card for the UFC in 2017.

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