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 Randamie is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the UFC. The Principal card at UFC 208 includes five bouts as along with 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 on UFC Germaine de Randamie -123 vs. Holly Holm
Holm gets the larger name and experience but it is. Holm is 3-2 in the UFC and 10-2 in her livelihood. She’s expecting to win the inaugural featherweight title. “I know that right now, it’s the start of the division,” said Holm”But there are several women that want the chance. I guarantee you they can build a branch very quickly. They have only got to make some phone calls.”
It was thought 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 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 had been beaten by Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. Holm believes those two 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 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 that struggle. She was the better fighter at night. I believe that anyone can be beat, and I still have that in me. I have that confidence in me. I have confidence in my own ability. I simply must perform.”
It’s hard to get enthusiastic about accepting Holm but what’s de Randamie performed to show she’s worthy of winning a name? I will have a small shot with Holm and also play 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 has left. He’s 33-8 in his career but he hasn’t won a fight since 2012. He has 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 older and that he is not the fighter he once was but he has faced far tougher competition than Brunson has in recent years. If there’s going to become a bounce back for Silva it must begin with a win over Brunson.
I don’t believe Brunson is anything particular and while Silva is definitely over the mountain 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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