UFC 208 on Saturday night at New York includes Holly Holm taking on Germaine de Randamie for its first-ever featherweight title. Holm is a former bantamweight champion who handed Ronda Rousey her initial loss while Randamie is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the UFC. The main 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 us 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 much more experience and the bigger name but it is de Randamie who is favored in this contest. Holm is 10-2 in her livelihood and 3-2 in the UFC. She’s expecting to win the inaugural featherweight title. “I know that right now, it’s the start of the branch,” said Holm”But there are so many girls that want the chance. I promise they can build a division very quickly. They have just got to make some telephone calls.”
It was believed that Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino would fight to the belt but Cyborg is out of action right now due to a failed drug test. Holm and de Randamie is going to 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 into this battle having lost two straight struggles at bantamweight because she was beaten by Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. Holm considers those 2 losses don’t mean she’s on the downside of her career.
“I understand I have two losses, but I did not get schooled in my last two fights,” she said. “Against Miesha Tate, I was winning before I have choked out. And my struggle with Shevchenko, she is going for the name, and it was a close fight. In my heart, I know she won this struggle. She was the better fighter that night. I believe that anybody can be beat, and I still have that in me. I have that confidence in me. I still have confidence in my own ability. I simply need to carry out.”
It’s hard to get excited about taking Holm but what has de Randamie performed to show she is worthy of winning a name? I will have a little 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’s 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 he is not the fighter he once was but he has faced far tougher competition than Brunson has in the past couple of decades. If there is ever going to be a bounce back for Silva it has to start with a win over Brunson.
I don’t think Brunson is anything particular and while Silva is definitely over the mountain I think he will find a way to acquire this one.
UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie is set for Saturday, February 11 in 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 includes 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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