UFC 208 went down last night (Sat., Feb. 11, 2017) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., kicking off the pay-per-view (PPV) campaign for the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) organization in the world.
Spearheading the event was the first-ever women’s Featherweight title fight for UFC, as Germaine de Randamie took down Holly Holm to become first female 145-pound champion in the organization (see it here). In the co-headlining act, Anderson Silva ended his slump by outlasting Derek Brunson to earn a unanimous decision (highlights).
Biggest Winner: Germaine de Randamie
First of all, the win wasn’t exactly impressive, as the headlining title fight lacked some luster from beginning to end. But on a night filled with less-than thrilling contests, “Iron Lady’s” victory over “The Preacher’s” daughter stands above the rest as it made history and also earned the kickboxing specialist’s first-ever world title fight in MMA. While there was plenty of drama in the bout due to a couple of illegal and late shots delivered by Germaine, to the victor go all the spoils, as Germaine earned herself a potential title defense against Cris Cyborg. What a prize.
Runner (s) Up: Anderson Silva and Ronaldo Souza
Again, Silva’s win over Derek Brunson was far from dominant, as “The Spider” — now 41 — didn’t exactly look like the world beater of yesteryear. Nevertheless, he proved he can still hang with the young bucks, outclassing Brunson (33) on the feet for the most part, and earning a unanimous decision win — his first clean victory in more than four years. With a win under his belt, perhaps Silva may live up to his recent claim and compete for another seven years. While that’s quite a stretch, lets just play it be year.
Souza didn’t have to take a “senseless” bout against Tim Boetsch, but since no one else was down to face “Jacare,” the Brazilian submission specialist had to stay busy and get paid. While Boetsch always presents the danger of a knockout around the corner, the fight ended pretty much the way everyone expected, with Souza tying up “The Barbarian” like a pretzel in round one (highlights). So why is it big? It kept his title hopes alive, as a loss would’ve sent Ronaldo tumbling down and shattered hoped for a championship fight, temporarily. And stepping in and doing what you’re expected to do isn’t always that easy.
Biggest Loser: Holly Holm
Since knocking out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 back in 2015, Holm has gone on to lose three straight fights. First she coughed up her 135-pound strap to Miesha Tate at UFC 200 and followed up that defeat with another right after, getting outclassed by Valentina Schevchenko. When you add those defeats to her latest against de Randamie, and things are looking rather grim for the former world boxing champion. The good thing, however, is that she has options believe it or not. She can either stay at 145 pounds to help bulk up that division, or drop back down to 135 pounds in to recapture that crown. What move she will make, is still unclear, but she better think it long and hard, because dropping four straight won’t sit too well the UFC higher-ups.
For complete results from UFC 208: “Holm vs. de Randamie,” including play-by-play updates, click here and here.
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