Amazon adds to live sports with UFC pay-per-view fights

"This is going to show you it's real", Cyborg said.

Kunitskaya won the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight championship after former champ Tonya Evinger moved up to the UFC and challenged Cyborg for the vacant featherweight title, falling by third-round TKO at UFC 214 on July 29.

In the sport of mixed martial arts, that same debate happens constantly whenever the "greatest of all time" discussion comes up but the argument is a little tougher in the women's divisions. I know that speaks to how janky the rankings are in general, but it also pertains to this fight because there is a very real chance that the victor of this one could end up fighting for the title later this year. So, the UFC reached out to Cyborg and Kunitskaya and the bout was quickly made.

"I'd like to see Conor fight the victor", White told TMZ. "I think at this point they are just finding opponents to fight Cyborg for a single fight". I did this for the team and I think that this is going to be an unbelievable fight for all of my fans.

Late last month, the UFC's lightweight champion claimed he offered to step in and fight Edgar after featherweight king Max Holloway was forced to withdraw from UFC 222. Holloway had to bow out of the fight due to a leg injury. Come on, I've been doing too long to be scared to fight anybody. "Time is ticking. I'm not going to get these years back".

UFC 222 Live Stream Frankie Edgar
GETTYFrankie Edgar takes on Brian Ortega in UFC 222's co-main event

Yes, that fighter is Brian Ortega, who has gone 13-0 (with 1 no-contest) to date, and is coming off a submission win over perennial contender, Cub Swanson.

"The Answer" also had some financial incentive to fight, nearly approaching a year without having stepped inside the octagon. Ortega's coaches want him to use his strengths, particularly against Edgar's ferocious work rate in standup fighting.

"That's the best part", Ortega said. "This fight could go a lot of ways". The main card opens with a women's bantamweight bout between Cat Zingano and Ketlen Vieira, while a heavyweight showdown between Stefan Struve and Andrei Arlovski will be second on the main card.

Now, Amazon is looking to take its foray into live sports further, with pay-per-view showings of UFC weekend fights.

Promising strikers Sean O'Malley and Andre Soukhamthath will bring the firepower to the T-Mobile Arena with 14 career knockouts between the two.

  • Julie Sanders