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28 Feb 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Cat Zingano vs Ketlen Vieira at UFC 222

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 222? Sunday 4th March, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 222? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 222 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 222? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 222? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Cat Zingano promised so much when we first saw her compete in the UFC. On her debut she put on one of the best female fights in MMA history with Miesha Tate, finishing her off with vicious knees and elbows to set up a fight with the imperious Ronda Rousey.

However, this was back in 2013 and afterwards she suffered a range of severe injuries that required multiple treatments and surgeries on her knees. She returned over a year later against the current champion, Amanda Nunes, and got back to usual ways by finishing her off with more elbows and knees.

This earned that deserved shot at Rousey a few months later but one mistake in the first few seconds led to an armbar. This crushing loss was followed by more injuries until she eventually returned to fight Julianna Pena at UFC 200. Unfortunately for her, this was her second career loss and has been at the drawing board since, awaiting her fight with another top contender, Ketlen Vieira.

This is one of the hardest fights available. The Brazilian is not a well-known name but is young, unbeaten and very well-rounded. She has three impressive UFC wins already including a brilliant triangle choke against Olympic wrestler Sara McMann, proving she is a threat in all areas.

THE PREDICTION

Terrible injuries have forced Zingano to compete only once a year since 2011 so who knows what kind of form she will be in. What we do know as that she has all the skills but so does Vieira. We should expect the stand-up battle to be intense and even but the real battle could end up in the grappling department.

Zingano rarely fails to get her opponents to the ground but Vieira is as slick and slippery as they come and her submission over McMann must cause a rethink of her usual game plan. With the form and youth, Vieira may just have enough to change the guard.

Winner: Vieira via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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