On Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm at T-Mobile Arena.
UFC 219 is headlined by a women’s featherweight championship bout between current title holder Cris Cyborg and former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm.
The event also features a multiple matchups between top contenders.
In the co-main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov goes head-to-head with Edson Barboza in a key clash in the lightweight division. The winner could find themselves immediately in the mix for a shot at the 155-pound title.
Another key matchup on the pay-per-view card is in the women’s strawweight division with former champion Carla Esparza and surging prospect Cynthia Calvillo, who has already earned three victories inside of the Octagon in 2017 including two submission wins.
Leading up to the fight, you can get an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the preparations from the top fighters on the card as they head to Las Vegas for fight week.
You can watch every episode of UFC 219 Embedded leading up to Saturday’s pay-per-view below.
UFC 219 Embedded – Episode 1
On Episode 1 of UFC 219 Embedded, former champion Holly Holm continues preparing with her team in Albuquerque. Women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg trains outdoors for another holiday fight night. Former strawweight champion Carla Esparza visits an Orange County chiropractor, as her opponent Cynthia Calvillo has her final sparring session in northern California. Lightweight Edson Barboza’s S&C work has him in the best form of his life, and opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov gets promo advice from light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
UFC 219 Embedded – Episode 2
On Episode 2 of UFC 219 Embedded, the stars of Saturday’s event spend the holiday weekend in their hometowns and home gyms. Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov starts his workout outdoors, as opponent Edson Barboza brings his family to the gym with him for motivation. Former champion Holly Holm readies for the biggest fight of her life at Jackson Wink MMA, as women’s featherweight champion embraces a challenge at CrossFit. Strawweights Carla Esparza and Cynthia Calvillo also prepare with their California-based teams.
UFC 219 Embedded – Episode 3
On Episode 3 of UFC 219 Embedded, featherweight Holly Holm goes for pre-fight pedicures with friends. Lightweight Edson Barboza enjoys time with his family at home in New Jersey, as opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov, already in Las Vegas, trains at the UFC Performance Institute and Cobrinha BJJ. Welterweight Carlos Condit embraces the familiar feel of fighting in Vegas, while his teammate Holm enjoys the novelty of competing closer to home. Women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg travels with UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and her security feline. Cyborg has lunch at a friend’s restaurant, and her fellow headliner eats at UFC headquarters, making a stop to give editing notes.
UFC 219 Embedded – Episode 4
On Episode 4 of UFC 219 Embedded, strawweight Cynthia Calvillo shows her goals and gets some gummy bears for good luck. Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, opponent Holly Holm and welterweight Carlos Condit keep their energy up throughout their weight cuts. Calvillo gets pointers from heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou in the UFC Performance Institute, and Cyborg discusses strategy with former champion Dominick Cruz on the drive to media day. The stars of the co-main event, lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza, also appear at T-Mobile and predict victories on Saturday night. The fighters of the matchups then come face-to-face on stage, as Condit meets Neil Magny and Calvillo shares the stage with Carla Esparza. At open workouts, the headliners give back, with Holm bringing fans on stage and Cyborg collecting toys for local children.
UFC 219 Embedded – Episode 5
On Episode 5 of UFC 219 Embedded, welterweight Carlos Condit makes his first visit to the UFC Performance Institute. Headlining featherweights Holly Holm and champ Cris Cyborg finish their weight cuts surrounded by teammates. All of the fighters make weight on Friday morning: Cyborg, Holm, Condit and opponent Neil Magny, strawweights Cynthia Calvillo and Carla Esparza, and lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza. Then it’s one last faceoff for fans at T-Mobile before Saturday night’s bouts.