UFC 208 Odds and Predictions
UFC 208 on Saturday night at New York features Holly Holm taking on Germaine de Randamie for the first-ever featherweight title. Holm is a former bantamweight champion who handed Ronda Rousey her initial reduction while de Randamie is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the UFC. The main card in UFC 208 has five bouts as along with Holm vs. de Randamie it is 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 a focus on Holm vs. de Randamie and Silva vs. Brunson and UFC picks.
Bet on UFC at BetCris Germaine de Randamie -123 vs. Holly Holm
Holm gets expertise and the name but it is. Holm is 10-2 in her career and 3-2 in the UFC. She’s hoping to win the inaugural featherweight title. “I know that right now, it’s the onset of the division,” said Holm”But there are so many women that want the opportunity. I guarantee you they can build a division in no time. They’ve just got to make some phone calls.”
It was believed that Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino would fight for the belt but Cyborg is from action right now as a result of a failed drug test. Holm and de Randamie is going to be the first two in the branch but more could be on the way including Megan Anderson who won the Invicta FC interim featherweight title against Charmaine Tweet.
Holm comes into this battle having lost two straight struggles at bantamweight because she was conquered by Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. Holm believes those two losses don’t mean she is on the downside of her career.
“I understand I’ve two losses, but I did not get schooled in my last two fights,” she said. “Against Miesha Tate, I was winning before I got choked out. And my struggle with Shevchenko, she is going for the name, and it was a close struggle. Inside my heart, I know she won that fight. She was the better fighter at night. I feel that anyone can be beat, and I have that in me. I have that confidence in me. I have confidence in my ability. I simply need to carry out.”
It is tough to get excited about accepting Holm but what has de Randamie done to reveal she’s worthy of winning a name? I will take a little shot with Holm and play the rounds to cover the total.
Derek Brunson -127 vs. Anderson Silva
Silva is the marquee name but it’s questionable as to whether he’s much left. He is 33-8 in his career but he has not won a fight since 2012. He’s four losses and a no contest in his last five fights. Brunson is 16-4 in his career but he’s coming off a loss to Robert Whittaker in November.
Silva is 41-years old and he is not the fighter he once was but he has faced far tougher competition than Brunson has in recent years. If there is going to become a bounce back for Silva it must start with a win over Brunson.
I really don’t think Brunson is anything special and while Silva is definitely over the mountain I think he can find a way to acquire this one.
UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie is set for Saturday, February 11 in 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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