Saturday, February 11, 2017
Brooklyn, New York
UFC 208: Holm vs Randamie.
UFC 208 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on February 11, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on January 21 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. However, due to a lack of suitable headliners for the date, the event in Anaheim was postponed to August 5 and an originally scheduled UFC 209 to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on February 11 was renamed as UFC 208. This will be the first UFC event held in Brooklyn and the fourth overall hosted in the state of New York.
The event is expected to feature the inaugural UFC Women's Featherweight Championship bout between former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. It will also be the first women's featherweight bout in the promotion's history.
A UFC Featherweight Championship unification bout between two-time champion José Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway was in the works for this card. The bout eventually did not materialize as Holloway had some consideration (nagging injuries and the desire to spend the holidays with his family) about fighting only two months after UFC 206.
The original Anaheim event had two announced bouts, including flyweights Wilson Reis and Ulka Sasaki, as well as a light heavyweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship challenger Glover Teixeira and Jimi Manuwa. Teixeira is now expected to face Jared Cannonier at the event, while Manuwa is expected to be rescheduled against a different opponent at an event in March.
A flyweight bout between Ian McCall and Neil Seery was originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2. However, the pairing was scrapped on the day of the weigh-ins, as McCall had to pull out of the fight after becoming ill due the effects of his weight cut. The fight was later rescheduled for this event.
Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie
UFC 208 results: Germaine de Randamie beats Holly Holm by decision for title.
Germaine de Randamie is officially the first UFC women's featherweight champion, but her victory Saturday night at UFC 208 came with some controversy.
Though de Randamie outclassed her opponent, Holly Holm, for much of the bout, but it was marred by some late-fight antics. De Randamie threw late punches after the horn in two rounds but didn't lose points from the judges for her actions.
Instead, she went on to win by unanimous decision -- 48-47 on all three cards.
Despite Holm's aggressiveness and tempo, de Randamie was able to time up her shots easily and land solid counter punches right on the chin. By being patient and letting Holm force the action, de Randamie found herself able to sit back in a defensive posture and wait for the lanes to open up -- similar to what Anderson Silva did in the co-main event.
Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson
Anderson Silva wins one of the strangest decisions ever.
The former middleweight champion -- and arguably best fighter of all time -- earned a unanimous decision victory against Derek Brunson on Saturday night in Brooklyn, though it caught most by surprise.
Silva landed only 57 strikes in the fight to Brunson's 127, and Brunson scored two takedowns with a total control time of 3:52, but it was enough in the judges' eyes. The judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 -- all for Silva. CBSSports.com saw it going the other way with Brunson winning the bout 30-27 while controlling each round.
Glover Teixeira vs Jared Cannonier
Glover Teixeira dominates Jared Cannonier
You can’t blame Jared Cannonier for grabbing for the brass ring. The light heavyweight from Alaska accepted a huge jump in competition to meet veteran Glover Teixeira on the main card of UFC 208 on Saturday night in Brooklyn.
But it didn’t take long for the disparity in experience to show. Teixeira took Cannonier down early and often en route to a one-sided victory at the Barclays Center. The judges’ scores were 30-26 across the board for a unanimous decision.
Cannonier, a heavy hitter with seven stoppages among his nine career victories, showed a flash of his potential in the closing seconds of the opening round, as he wobbled Teixeira with a combo.
But beyond that, he wasn’t able to show much, as Teixeira scored takedowns early in each of the first three rounds and dominated things from top position.
Dustin Poirier vs Jim Miller
Dustin Poirier gets nod in exciting fight with Jim Miller
Throughout a rollicking, back-and-forth opening round, there were little signs that Dustin Poirier was beginning to pull ahead of his lightweight matchup with Jim Miller.
Miller, the crafty and popular veteran, had his fair share of moments at UFC 208, but Poirier was a half-step quicker and landed a little bit harder. The judges’ scores were 30-27 and 29-28 for Poirier and a bizarre 28-28 scored for a majority decision.
It was a portending of things to come in the main card opener at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, as a pair of fighter with reputations for crowd-pleasing fights lived up to their hype before Poirier slowly pulled away over the final two rounds Saturday night.
Miller, of Sparta, N.J., got things started by peppering Poirier with body shots. But Miller, a submission artist, changed things in his favor by reversing position on the ground and nearly landing a tight choke. The round finished with a wild exchange of leather as fists furiously flew.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Tim Boetsch
Ronaldo Souza states case with submission of Tim Boetsch
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has been just on the outside looking in at the UFC middleweight title picture for quite some time.
And he’s not about to take the heat off the top contenders at 185 pounds any time soon, either. The former Strikeforce champion finished tough veteran Tim Boetsch inside of a round on Saturday night at UFC 208, using a Kimura to score the submission victory at 3:41 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Souza’s 17th career submission victory was his second straight win and 10th in his past 11 fights as he held his ground on the short list of contenders for champion Michael Bisping’s belt.
Souza showed proper respect for the hard-hitting Boetsch’s power early, and indeed, Boetsch managed to pop him a couple of times.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.