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Cris Cyborg to make guaranteed $500K at UFC 222; Yana Kunitskaya to cash $100K

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Cris Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya will each cash six-figure paydays Saturday night.

Cyborg will make a guaranteed $500,000 and Kunitskaya will take home a guaranteed $100,000 at UFC 222, per a document obtained by MMA Fighting from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). Cyborg will defend her UFC women’s featherweight title against Kunitskaya in the main event of the card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Cyborg also made a guaranteed $500,000 for her fight against Holly Holm at UFC 219 in December. She didn’t receive a win bonus in either bout. Cyborg, 32, gets a share of the pay-per-view revenue for the event Saturday as well.

For Kunitskaya, the $100,000 guarantee is her biggest career payday. The former Invicta FC women’s bantamweight champion made just $10,000 — $5,000 to show and another $5,000 bonus — in her title win over Raquel Pa’aluhi at Invicta 25 in September.

In the co-main event Saturday, Frankie Edgar meets Brian Ortega. Edgar will make a guaranteed $195,000, while Ortega cashes a guaranteed $100,000 to show and can win another $100,000 if he is victorious.

Also in the six figures, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will bring in a guaranteed $275,000 for his fight with Stefan Struve. Struve will make a guaranteed $77,000 with the possibility of another $77,000 if he wins.

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