Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on pay-per-view (PPV), as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization is gearing up to present UFC 208 live from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Spearheading the event will be the first-ever women’s Featherweight title fight between former Bantamweight title holder, Holly Holm, taking on kickboxing specialist Germaine de Randamie. In the co-main event, Anderson Silva makes his much-anticipated return to the cage to face Derek Brunson.
What UFC is on tonight? UFC 208: “Holm vs. de Randamie.”
Who is fighting tonight at UFC 208? Holly Holm vs Germain de Randamie is the headlining bout.
When does UFC 208 start? Tonight (Sat., Feb. 11, 2017) beginning at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.
Where will UFC 208 take place? Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
How can I watch UFC 208? PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. “Prelims” undercard start time at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and UFC Fight Pass early “Prelims” start time at 7 p.m. ET.
Where can I get live UFC 208 updates and results: Get full play-by-play coverage and live updates here!
Most didn’t feel Holm deserved a title shot coming off two straight defeats, but with the 145-pound division barely making its debut in the promotion and Cris Cyborg refusing to take the bout — for a bevy of reasons like this — “Preacher’s Daughter” got the opportunity to become the promotion’s first-ever multi-division champion. It won’t be a walk in the park, however, as de Randamie has the stand up skills to give the former professional boxer fits inside the cage. In fact, Holm is the underdog coming into the bout, so you know she’ll be extra motivated to get her second title in MMA, further bulking up her already-impressive resume.
Also, “The Spider” will look to earn his first win in quite some time when he faces off against Derek Brunson, who has shown he has the ability to turn off anyone’s lights if given the opportunity. It’s quite a confusing match up, but I’ll take it. Silva needs a win, badly, and though Brunson is far from a pushover, it’s a fight that should heavily favors the former pound-for-pound great, but the bookies are playing it close to the vest regardless.
Ronald Souza vs. Tim Boetsch is a fight that I still don’t like. On one side you have “Jacare,” who is arguably the next contender at Middleweight after Yoel Romero. On the other end you have “The Barbarian,” a dangerous fighter who is barely hanging on to a Top 15 ranking. I mean, all props go to Souza for taking the bout and opting to stay busy since other top contenders are either faking injuries or flat-out ducking him. His words, not mine.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
Ian McCall was originally set to face Neil Seery on this card, but Seery was forced out of the event following the death of his mother-in-law and was ultimately replaced by Octagon newcomer Jarred Brooks. Paul Felder and Gilbert Burns were set to collide on the card, however, Burns was bounced because of injury and Felder was eventually bumped to a future event.
A Heavyweight fight between Derek Lewis and Travis Browne was originally scheduled to go down at this event, but the promotion opted to reschedule it at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 105 on Feb. 19, 2017. George Sullivan was pulled from his match up against Randy Brown after he was notified of a potential United States Anti Doping agency (USADA) … yet again.
Gilbert Burns was bounced with an injury, while Justin Willis was forced out of his fight at the eleventh hour against Marcin Tybura after he was deemed medically unfit to compete following a botched weight cut.
Brooks will bring his undefeated record (12-0) to the Octagon debut when he takes on long-time veteran “Uncle Creepy” … and he’ll be doing it on just two week’s notice.
How The “Prelims” Look:
There are plenty of well know names taking part on the under card such as Wilson Reis, Philipe Nover, Roan Carneiro, McCall and Nik Lentz. Personally, would’ve booked Reis against McCall, but they will be facing Ulka Sasaki and Brooks, respectively.
Who Needs A Win Badly:
Though he won’t be in danger of getting cut with a loss, Silva needs a win in the worst way. His last victory was in Oct. 2013 against Stephan Bonnar. Since then, “The Spider” has dropped four straight after reeling off 14 consecutive wins. The former 185-pound champion is adamant he will continue to swing leather for another seven years. Another loss, though, might put a damper in those plans.
Interest Level 7/10
Can Silva stop his skid? Can Holm make history? Can “Jacare” keep his title hopes alive? Those are all questions that are going to get answered later this evening, which makes for a compelling event. Silva has been a shell of his former self over his last few fights, but he’s energized and determined to prove he is far from done. Souza, meanwhile, will have to back up all his talk by taking out the hard-hitting Boetsch. Holm can put an end to her two-fight skid and collect a belt while she’s at it — something that’s quite unheard of in MMA. In doing so, she may set up an intriguing title defense against none other than Cyborg.
UFC 208 Full Fight Card:
UFC 208 PPV Main Event:
145 pounds: Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie for inaugural women’s Featherweight title
UFC 208 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson
185 lbs.: Jacare Souza vs. Tim Boetsch
205 lbs.: Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier
155 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller
UFC 208 “Prelims” Undercard on FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Randy Brown vs. Belal Muhammad
135 lbs.: Wilson Reis vs. Ulka Sasaki
145 lbs.: Nik Lentz vs. Islam Makhachev
125 lbs.: Ian McCall vs. Jarred Brooks
UFC 208 “Prelims” Undercard on UFC Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET):
265 lbs.: Marcin Tybura vs. Justin Willis — Scrapped (full details here)
170 lbs.: Roan Carneiro vs. Ryan LaFlare
145 lbs.: Rick Glenn vs. Phillipe Nover
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