The UFC makes its debut in Brooklyn, New York this weekend with an exciting slate of fights. Here are five reasons you don’t want to miss UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie.
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The beginning of an era
Fans will have a chance to witness UFC history Saturday night when the inaugural featherweight champion is crowned. Former bantamweights Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie battle for the distinction, and there are few other fighters on the roster worthy of the opportunity.
This monumental bout opens the door for the creation of a UFC women’s featherweight division and, even more exciting, more fights for dominant women’s champion Cris Cyborg.
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How does Holm bounce back?
Holly Holm enters her title fight at UFC 208 under rare circumstances. She’s lost back-to-back fights in the Octagon, but despite that, she has an opportunity to win her second UFC belt.
There’s no doubt Holm has some of the best boxing in all of mixed martial arts but she’ll be truly tested by Muay Thai champion Germaine de Randamie, who has quite the extensive striking background herself.
“The Preacher’s Daughter” acknowledged that wasn’t as focused as she needed to be for her last fight against Valentina Shevchenko. If she makes the same mistake on Saturday, she could leave Brooklyn with her third consecutive loss.
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Can Anderson recover?
Anderson Silva hasn’t won a fight since 2012. Anderson Silva hasn’t won a fight since 2012. Since 2012. No matter how many times I say it, I still can’t believe it’s true.
Between losses to Chris Weidman (twice) and Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier, Silva had a victory over Nick Diaz overturned after he tested positive for performance enhancing substances. So needless to say, “The Spider” desperately needs a win, especially if he intends on challenging for a title anytime soon.
Saturday night he faces tough middleweight Derek Brunson, who is fully capable handing Silva an “L”. Let’s hope that UFC 208 isn’t the last consequential fight in which we see Silva fight.
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Lookin’ for a fight?
Randy Brown might not have had the notoriety of fellow “Lookin’ for a Fight” prospects Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall, but the New Yorker has certainly surpassed expectations inside the Octagon.
Brown is 3-1 since joining the promotion in 2016 and he’s finished his last two opponents. “Rudeboy” holds down a spot in the FS1 featured prelims on Saturday night, which should only serve to put his talents on display for the world to see.
Talk about a jump in competition. Former heavyweight Jared Cannonier put the rest of the 205-pound division on notice with his “Fight of the Night” winning performance against Ion Cutelaba in December for his second UFC win.
The UFC saw Cannonier’s obvious talent and matched him up with No. 3 ranked Glover Teixeira at UFC 208. The fight is dangerous for a number of reasons, the main being Teixeira’s ridiculous one-punch power. But if “Tha Killa Gorilla” can somehow find a way to win, he’ll instantly thrust himself into the title conversation and could conceivably earn a title shot before his three-year UFC anniversary.