The final UFC card of 2017 will go down on Saturday 30th December at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC 219 will feature UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm in the main event. Lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza will go to war in the co-main event. Carlos Condit returns to the UFC octagon to take on Neil Magny in the welterweight division.
Women’s Featherweight Title Bout: Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Holly Holm
Two of the most decorated female strikers in MMA will finally meet when UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg makes her first title defense against the former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm. Cyborg (18-1) TKO’d Tonya Evinger to capture the vacant title at UFC 214 in July. The former Strikeforce and Invicta FC featherweight champion has remained undefeated for the last 12-years. Holly Holm will be looking to become the first woman to capture UFC gold in two weight divisions. Holm failed to capture the inaugural featherweight championship against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 in February. De Randamie was later stripped of the title after refusing to fight then No. 1 ranked contender Cyborg. Holm returned to the Bantamweight division and win column with a highlight reel head kick over Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night Singapore in July.
UFC 219 Countdown: Cyborg vs Holm
Lightweight Bout: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza
Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet Edson Barboza in a bout with possible title implications for the winner in the UFC lightweight division. The undefeated Nurmagomedov (24-0) is currently ranked No. 2 in the UFC lightweight rankings. The AKA representative picked up his last win with a brutally dominating performance over Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in November 2016. Khabib was scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim UFC lightweight title at UFC 209 before getting hospitalized during his weight cut. Edson Barboza (19-4) is currently ranked No. 4 in the UFC lightweight rankings and riding an impressive three-fight winning streak. Barboza defeated former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez in 2016. The Brazilian scored an amazing flying knee knockout over Beneil Dariush in his home country at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum in March. Barboza earned himself Performance of the Night and $50,000 in the process.
UFC 219 Countdown: Nurmagomedov vs. Barboza
UFC 219 Main Card
Women’s Featherweight: Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Holly Holm
Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza
Lightweight: Dan Hooker vs. Marc Diakiese
Women’s Strawweight: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
UFC 219 Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk
Featherweight: Myles Jury vs. Rick Glenn
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov
Flyweight: Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau
UFC 219 Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight: Tim Elliott vs. Mark De La Rosa