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UFC 208 from Anthony Payan

Main Event: Holly Holm (10-2) vs. Germaine de Randamie (6-3)

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Saturday February 11th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York;

The 18 time three-weight boxing champion and former UFC Bantamweight Champion, Holy Holm, has the opportunity to cement herself in combat sports history. On this historical day she has the opportunity to not just bounce back from a two fight losing streak but, become the first Women’s UFC Featherweight champion and the first woman to have held two different titles in UFC history. In completing this monumental achievement, she will solidify herself as the best woman in combat sports history and will be a future UFC Hall of Famer.

The task ahead of her is a featherweight showdown against the five-time undefeated kickboxing/muay thai champion, Germaine de Randamie. She is on a two fight winning streak in the bantamweight division, with her sole UFC loss coming to the current UFC Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. She will bring in a height advantage of one inch and a reach advantage of two inches. This is a classic matchup of striker vs. counter striker. Holm may have a physical disadvantage of height and reach however she brings in strong striking and well rounded grappling. She also trains with the world’s best MMA team, Jackson Wink MMA Academy. This is not to undermine and underestimate the skills of de Randamie however Holly Holm’s skill, championship experience, and fight IQ will enable her to rebound and make history in Brooklyn.

Prediction: Holly Holm Defeats Germaine de Randamie by Decision

Co Main Event: Anderson Silva (33-8-1) vs. Derek Brunson (16-4)

“The truth is, it is the younger inexperienced gangsters who often cut down the older original gangsters. The best way for this young thug to prove himself to others, is to simply cut down an established gangster … It’s the dog, who kills the lion, and once he has killed the lion, he’s no longer a dog; he’s now a lion himself.”

― Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

In this co-main event we have the former pound-for-pound kingpin and Middleweight overlord, Anderson Silva, against young middleweight prospect, Derek Brunson. Silva who is on a four fight losing streak (and one no contest) has the opportunity to not only rebound but leap forward in a last title shot opportunity. Silva has looked like a shell of his past greatness. Brunson on the other hand has had a small bump on his road to gold with a Knockout loss to Robert Whittaker. Brunson, previously was on a five fight win streak with big wins over Uriah Hall, Sam Alvey, and Lorenz Larkin.

This is a tough call because at one point we would all be insane to not choose Anderson Silva. Unfortunately, he is not the strong mystical lion he previously was. It is hard to believe that the once great Anderson Silva will show. I believe Brunson’s power, speed, and early aggression will be too much for the old lion. However, never count Silva out. This is a tossup with many variables.

Prediction: Derek Brunson defeats Anderson Silva by Knockout

Other Predictions

• Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier – Texiera by KO
• Ronaldo Souza vs Tim Boetsch – Souza by Sub
• Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller – Poirier by Decision

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