UFC 219 Cyborg vs. Holm: Fight date, PPV price, how to watch, live stream

The UFC returns for its last pay-per-view offering in 2017, as UFC 219 takes place Saturday, Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The main event will feature Cris Cyborg defending the women’s featherweight championship against former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm. 

UFC 219 doesn’t possess the deepest card of recent time but features some intriguing fights with a main event between the two biggest names in Women’s MMA and could go down as the greatest contest of them all. 

Here is everything you need to know about UFC 219.

(All times Eastern.)

UFC 219 date, start time

The first preliminary fight is available for UFC.com’s Fight Pass members beginning at 6:00 p.m. The remaining preliminary fights can be viewed on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8 p.m. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. Cyborg and Holm should enter the octagon at around 12:15 a.m.

UFC 219 PPV price, live stream

The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $59.99. For more information on how to order UFC 219 Cyborg vs. Holm, contact your TV provider. You can also live-stream UFC 219 and the Cyborg vs. Holm main card on UFC.TV for $59.99.

UFC 219 fight card

Main Card

  • Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm for Cyborg’s UFC Women’s Featherweight Title
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza; Lightweight 
  • Dan Hooker vs. Marc Diakiese; Lightweight 
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza; Women’s Strawweight 
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny; Welterweight 

Preliminary Card

  • Khalil Rountree vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk; Light Heavyweight 
  • Myles Jury vs. Rick Glenn; Featherweight 
  • Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov; Middleweight 
  • Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau; Flyweight 
  • Tim Elliott vs. Mark De La Rosa; Bantamweight 

UFC 219 preview

After a long, winding road to finally get into the UFC, Cyborg (18-1, 1NC) accomplished a lifelong goal at UFC 214 when she defeated Tonya Evinger by third-round TKO to capture the first ever UFC women’s featherweight championship. 

Questions arose on who Cyborg would face next. The 145-pound women’s division is thin and fighters from the 135-pound weight class were moving up to face the best female competitor in the world. Add in the situation of Cyborg’s contract was about to run out at the end of October.

In October, rumors started to surface of a showdown between Cyborg and Holm for this show. The fight appeared to be off as last month, talks broke down between Holm’s camp and the UFC. Cyborg’s contract had lapsed, but negotiations were still ongoing with the MMA leader. 

At the end of the last month, seemingly out of nowhere, the fight was officially announced to headline the year-end show in conjunction with Cyborg agreeing to a new contract with the UFC.

This will be the second time Holm (11-3) has moved up to featherweight. She fought in the inaugural title fight against Germaine de Randamie and lost by a controversial decision back at UFC 208. Holm got back on the winning track, moving back down to bantamweight and knocked out Bethe Correia in July. 

MMA pundits expect the fight to go only one way, ending by knockout. Cyborg and Holm are the two best strikers in Women’s MMA. Out of Cyborg’s 18 career wins, 16 of them have come by knockout while eight of Holm’s 11 career wins have come by KO. 

The fight should be explosive. Can Holm survive the heavy shots from Cyborg and shock the MMA world once again or does Cyborg roll on and continue her reign of terror?

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. You can listen to his podcast, “The Fight Junkies” here. You can email him at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com and can find him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA.

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