UFC 222 Embedded: Episodes 1-6

On Episode 1 of UFC 222 Embedded, women’s featherweight title challenger Yana Kunitskaya braves the sub-Russian temperatures of the Sandias before heading indoors for her final training session. Reigning champion Cris Cyborg spends Sunday morning at church. Featherweight Frankie Edgar coaches his son at a wrestling tournament, and opponent Brian Ortega offers a tour of his outdoor tiki lounge. UFC 222 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s featherweight championship bout at UFC 222 on Saturday, March 3 on Pay-Per-View.

On Episode 2 of UFC 222 Embedded, women’s featherweight title challenger Yana Kunitskaya packs for her road trip to Las Vegas, as does reigning champion Cris Cyborg. Undefeated bantamweight Sean O’Malley completes his camp at the UFC Performance Institute. Featherweight contender Frankie Edgar does media in New York City, including a spot on the UFC Unfiltered podcast with former champion Matt Serra. Featherweight Brian Ortega visits TMZ alongside announcer Bruce Buffer. Debuting strawweight Mackenzie Dern spends time in Southern California before kicking off her first UFC fight week. UFC 222 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s featherweight championship bout at UFC 222 on Saturday, March 3 on Pay-Per-View.

On Episode 3 of UFC 222 Embedded, women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg travels alongside her camp and cats. Featherweight Brian Ortega adjusts to the chilly Las Vegas weather, and bantamweight Cat Zingano embraces her return to fight week. In the host hotel, Cyborg crosses paths with opponent Yana Kunitskaya, who quickly leaves to try on her fight gear. Bantamweight Sean O’Malley occupies himself with a video game, and his teammate, strawweight Mackenzie Dern, arrives for her first taste of the UFC. Featherweight Frankie Edgar and Kunitskaya both work out at the UFC’s high-tech Performance Institute. UFC 222 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s featherweight championship bout at UFC 222 on Saturday, March 3 on Pay-Per-View.

On Episode 4 of UFC 222 Embedded, featherweight champion Cris Cyborg shares a training space with bantamweight Sean O’Malley. Debuting strawweight Ashley Yoder takes in the excitement of fight week from the UFC Performance Institute. Energized bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath discusses his plans to shut down O’Malley on Saturday night. Headlining featherweight Yana Kunitskaya and featherweight contender Brian Ortega face the cameras, and strawweight Mackenzie Dern struggles not to smile. Featherweight Frankie Edgar creates the perfect fighter using elements of the sport’s greatest athletes – including himself. UFC 222 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s featherweight championship bout at UFC 222 on Saturday, March 3 on Pay-Per-View.

On Episode 5 of UFC 222 Embedded, bantamweight Sean O’Malley weighs his options for Vegas entertainment then rewatches his opponent’s last fight. Bantamweight Cat Zingano embraces her return to action with her longtime coach. Featherweight Brian Ortega prepares specifically for Frankie Edgar’s striking style. Strawweight Mackenzie Dern trains at the UFC Performance Institute, where she crosses paths with her opponent Ashley Yoder. UFC 222 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s featherweight championship bout at UFC 222 on Saturday, March 3 on Pay-Per-View.

On Episode 6 of UFC 222 Embedded, athletes gather at media day for interviews and faceoffs. Bantamweight Sean O’Malley crosses paths with opponent Andre Soukhamthath beforehand, and pays the price during the staredown. Featherweight Brian Ortega enjoys the support of his family and friends. At open workouts, featherweight champion Cris Cyborg trains with a masked man who turns out to be UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn. UFC 222 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s featherweight championship bout at UFC 222 on Saturday, March 3 on Pay-Per-View.

Don Wilson

Writer/founder for @FightTalkScot, MMA Fan, Amateur Fighter, Geek and a bit of a good guy.

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