UFC 208 on Saturday night at New York features Holly Holm taking on Germaine de Randamie for its first-ever featherweight title. Holm is a former bantamweight champion who given Ronda Rousey her first reduction while Randamie is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the UFC. The main card at UFC 208 has five bouts as in addition to Holm vs. de Randamie it’s Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson, Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier, Ronaldo Souza vs. Tim Boetsch and Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller. Let us look at UFC 208 having an eye on Holm vs. de Randamie and Silva vs. Brunson and UFC picks.
Bet at BetCris on UFC Germaine de Randamie -123 vs. Holly Holm
Holm gets the bigger name and experience but it is de Randamie who’s favored in this contest. Holm is 10-2 in her livelihood and 3-2 at the UFC. She is expecting to win the inaugural featherweight title. “I understand that right now, it is the start of the branch,” said Holm”But there are several women that want the opportunity. I guarantee they could build a branch in no time. They have only got to make some phone calls.”
It was thought that Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino would fight for the belt but Cyborg is out of action right now due to a failed drug test. Holm and de Randamie will be the first two in the division but more could be on the way for example Megan Anderson who won the Invicta FC interim featherweight title against Charmaine Tweet.
Holm comes into this fight having lost two straight struggles at bantamweight because she was conquered by Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. Holm considers those 2 losses don’t mean she’s about the downside of her career.
“I know I’ve two losses, but I didn’t get schooled in my previous two fights,” she said. “Against Miesha Tate, I was winning before I got choked out. And my fight with Shevchenko, she’s going for the title, and it was a close struggle. Inside my heart, I know she won this struggle. She had been the better fighter that night. I feel that anyone can be overcome, and I have that in me. I have that confidence in me. I have confidence in my ability. I simply must carry out.”
It’s hard to get excited about accepting Holm but what has de Randamie performed to reveal she’s worthy of winning a title? I will have a small shot with Holm and play with the rounds to cover the total.
Derek Brunson -127 vs. Anderson Silva
Silva is the name but it is questionable as to whether he’s much left. He is 33-8 in his profession but he hasn’t won a fight since 2012. He has four losses and a no competition in his last five fights. Brunson is 16-4 in his career but he’s coming off a loss to Robert Whittaker in November.
Silva is 41-years old and that he isn’t the fighter he once was but he’s faced far tougher competition than Brunson has in the past couple of years. If there is going to be a bounce back for Silva it must start with a triumph over Brunson.
I don’t believe Brunson is anything special and while Silva is definitely over the mountain I believe he will find a way to acquire this one.
UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie is set for Saturday, February 11 at the Barclays Center at Brooklyn, New York.
UFC 208 Main Card (pay-per-view)
Germaine de Randamie -123 vs. Holly Holm
Derek Brunson -127 vs. Anderson Silva
Glover Teixeira -150 vs. Jared Cannonier
Ronaldo Souza -587 vs. Tim Boetsch
Dustin Poirier -330 vs. Jim Miller
The card FS1 and UFC Fight Pass has Randy Brown vs. Belal Muhammad, Wilson Reis vs. Ulka Sasaki, Nik Lentz vs. Islam Makhachev, Ian McCall vs. Jarred Brooks, TBA vs. Marcin Tybura, Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro and Phillipe Nover vs. Rick Glenn.
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