UFC 208 on Saturday night in 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 initial loss while de Randamie is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the UFC. The Principal card in 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’s look at UFC 208 with 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 has more expertise and the bigger name but it is de Randamie who’s favored in this contest. Holm is 3-2 at 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”But there are several women that want the opportunity. I promise you they can build a division in no time. They have just got to make some telephone calls.”
It was believed that Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino would fight to the first-ever 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 branch but more could be on the road for example Megan Anderson who won the Invicta FC interim featherweight title against Charmaine Tweet.
Holm comes in to this fight having lost two straight fights at bantamweight as she was conquered by Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. Holm believes those 2 losses do not mean she is about the downside of her livelihood.
“I know I have two losses, but I didn’t get schooled in my previous two fights,” she said. “Against Miesha Tate, I was winning before I have choked out. And my fight with Shevchenko, she’s going for the name, and it was a close fight. Inside my heart, I know she won this struggle. She was the better fighter that night. I believe that anyone can be beat, and I have that in me. I have that confidence in me. I have confidence in my own ability. I just need to carry out.”
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It is hard to get excited about accepting Holm but what has de Randamie performed to show she is worthy of winning a title? I will have a small shot with Holm and also play with the rounds to go over the total.
Derek Brunson -127 vs. Anderson Silva
Silva is the marquee name but it is questionable as to whether he’s left. He is 33-8 in his career 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 career but he is coming off a loss to Robert Whittaker in November.
Silva is 41-years older and he isn’t the fighter he once was but he’s faced far tougher competition than Brunson has in the past couple of decades. If there is going to become a bounce back for Silva it must start with a triumph over Brunson.
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I don’t believe Brunson is anything special and while Silva is definitely over the hill I believe he can 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 preliminary 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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