UFC 208 Odds and Predictions
UFC 208 on Saturday night at New York features Holly Holm taking on Germaine de Randamie for the first featherweight title. Holm is a former bantamweight champion who handed Ronda Rousey her initial loss while de Randamie is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the UFC. The Principal card at UFC 208 has five bouts as in addition to 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’s look at UFC 208 having an eye on Holm vs. de Randamie and Silva vs. Brunson and UFC picks.
Bet at BetCris on UFC Germaine de Randamie -123 vs. Holly Holm
Holm has more expertise and the name but it is. Holm is 3-2 in the UFC and 10-2 in her career. She’s hoping to win the inaugural featherweight title. “I know that right now, it’s the onset of the branch,” said Holm”But there are so many women that want the chance. I guarantee they could build a division very quickly. They’ve only got to make some phone calls.”
It was thought 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 division but more could be on the road for example Megan Anderson who won the Invicta FC interim featherweight title against Charmaine Tweet.
Holm comes into this battle having lost two straight fights at bantamweight because she was conquered by Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. Holm believes those two losses don’t mean she’s on the downside of her livelihood.
“I understand I’ve two losses, but I did not get schooled in my last two fights,” she explained. “Against Miesha Tate, I was winning until I got choked out. And my fight with Shevchenko, she is going for the title, and it was a close fight. Inside my heart, I know she won this struggle. She had been the better fighter at night. I feel that anybody can be overcome, and I still have that in me. I have that confidence in me. I have confidence in my ability. I simply must carry out.”
It is tough to get enthusiastic about accepting Holm but what’s de Randamie done to reveal she’s worthy of winning a name? I will take a little shot with Holm and also play with the rounds to go over the total.
Derek Brunson -127 vs. Anderson Silva
Silva is the marquee name but it is questionable as to whether he has left. He is 33-8 in his career but he hasn’t 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 that he is not the fighter he once was but he has faced far tougher competition than Brunson has in the past couple of decades. If there is going to be a bounce back for Silva it has to begin with a triumph over Brunson.
I really don’t think Brunson is anything particular and while Silva is definitely over the hill 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 card on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass includes 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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