The battle for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title is set for Brooklyn, NY between two former bantamweight fighters looking for UFC gold.
UFC 208 early weigh-ins went down in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday at 9 a.m. ET at the UFC host hotel. The ceremonial weigh-ins will be at the Barclays Center at 6 p.m. ET.
Headliners Holly Holm (10-2) and Germaine de Randamie (7-3) will fight for the first women’s featherweight title which means the fighters must weigh-in at 145-pounds or less. The co-main event is a middleweight bout between Derek Brunson (16-4) and the legendary Anderson Silva (33-8, 1NC).
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Tim Boetsch (20-10) takes on Jacare Souza (23-4, 1NC) in an unexpected middleweight bout. Jacare has been looking for a title shot for a very long time and has had a hard time getting a fight. Boetsch stepped up to the plate as the +425 underdog.
Also on the main card are light-heavyweights Glover Teixeira (25-5) and Jared Cannonier (9-1) and lightweights Dustin Poirier (20-5) taking on Jim Miller (28-8, 1NC).
Holm is riding a two-fight losing streak with losses to Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. The former women’s bantamweight champion was the first to defeat former champ Ronda Rousey in MMA and held many boxing titles as well.
De Randamie currently has a two-fight win streak with wins over Anna Elmose and Larissa Pacheco at 135-pounds. De Randamie is also a multiple time world champion in Muay Thai.
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The official weigh-in results are as follows:
PPV Main Card (10 p.m. EST)
Holly Holm (144.4) vs. Germaine de Randamie (143.6) – For Women’s Featherweight Title
Anderson Silva (185) vs. Derek Brunson (186)
Ronaldo Souza (185.8) vs. Tim Boetsch (185.8)
Glover Teixeira (205.2) vs. Jared Cannonier(204.4)
Dustin Poirier (155.2) vs. Jim Miller (154.6)
FS1 Prelims (8 p.m. EST)
Randy Brown (170.6) vs. Belal Muhammad (170.2)
Wilson Reis (125.2) vs. Ulka Sasaki (125.4)
Nik Lentz (155.8) vs. Islam Makhachev (155)
Ian McCall (125.2) vs. Jarred Brooks (125)
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims (7 p.m. EST)
Marcin Tybura (245.4) vs. Justin Willis (N/A)* – Willis was declared medically unfit to compete, the bout has been scrapped. Tybura will receive show money.
No word on what other fighters will fill out the women’s featherweight division but names like Invicta FC’s Megan Anderson have been rumored as possible additions. With Cris Cyborg’s MMA future in question filling out the roster will be crucial to keeping this weight class relevant.