The organization finally created a 145-pound division in early 2017, but Justino was unavailable to fight for the title. Edgar was prepared to stay on the card and fight someone else, but there was no official word as to who that would be. Ortega is coming off of a brilliant guillotine submission win over perennial featherweight player Cub Swanson. It was also noted that the UFC tried to book a UFC Women's Featherweight Championship Match between Cris Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya, however, that didn't come to fruition either. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. She earned the belt in July and defended it with a win over Holly Holm in December. Rumors regarding the card's overall cancellation and fight replacements were swirling, but there was no clear direction as to how the UFC would handle the situation with less than a month before the card was set to take place.
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Kunitskaya makes her way to the UFC having gone 10-3 in pro action to date.
Edgar had hoped to fight for the title, but will settle on a matchup with Ortega, an undefeated top contender. The big question mark will once again be the fact that yet another fighter is moving up in weight to face Cyborg. It's that very fact that has bolstered her popularity.
With Max Holloway unable to defend his featherweight title at UFC 222 because of an injury, the UFC turned to its women's featherweight champion to save the show.