UFC 208 on Saturday night in New York features Holly Holm taking on Germaine de Randamie for the first featherweight title. Holm is a former bantamweight champion who given Ronda Rousey her first loss while de Randamie is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the UFC. The Principal card at UFC 208 has five bouts as in addition to Holm vs. de Randamie it is 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 with a focus on Holm vs. de Randamie and Silva vs. Brunson and UFC picks.
Bet in BetCris on UFC Germaine de Randamie -123 vs. Holly Holm
Holm has the name and much more expertise but it is de Randamie who’s preferred in this contest. Holm is 3-2 in the UFC and 10-2 in her livelihood. She is expecting to win the inaugural featherweight title. “I know that right now, it’s the start of the branch,” said Holm”However there are several girls that want the chance. I guarantee they could build a branch very quickly. They have only got to make some telephone calls.”
It was thought that Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino would fight for the belt but Cyborg is out of action right now as a result of a failed drug test. Holm and de Randamie is going to be the first two in the division but more could be on the road for example Megan Anderson who won the Invicta FC interim featherweight title against Charmaine Tweet.
Holm comes into this battle having lost two straight struggles at bantamweight because she had been conquered by Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. Holm considers those two losses do not mean she’s on the downside of her livelihood.
“I know I have two losses, but I did not get schooled in my last two fights,” she said. “Against Miesha Tate, I was winning until I got choked out. And my struggle with Shevchenko, she is going for the name, and it was a close struggle. Inside my heart, I know she won this fight. She had been the better fighter at night. I believe that anyone can be beat, and I have that in me. I have that confidence in me. I still have confidence in my own ability. I just need to carry out.”
It’s hard to get enthusiastic about accepting Holm but what has de Randamie done to show 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’s questionable as to whether he has much left. He is 33-8 in his profession but he hasn’t won a fight since 2012. He’s four losses and a no contest in his last five fights. Brunson is 16-4 in his profession but he is 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 has faced far tougher competition than Brunson has in the past couple of years. If there’s ever going to be a bounce back for Silva it must start with a triumph over Brunson.
I don’t think Brunson is anything particular and while Silva is definitely over the mountain I believe he can find a way to win 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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