UFC 208 is in the books at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and we have a new champion.
Having a new champ wasn’t a surprise, but the actual champ may have been surprising to many as Germaine de Randamie had her hand raised in the main event of the card over Holly Holm.
The three judges scored the fight the same, 48-47, giving de Randamie a close unanimous decision, but it didn’t come without controversy. We saw not one, but two rounds end with swings going to Holm’s face after the bell. But yet, no point deduction for either.
Despite the leniency shown from the referee, it still could’ve gone either way. GDR scored several significant strikes (yes, she had some before the bell rung) and Holm, who squarely lost at least the first round, made some adjustments, had a lot of control throughout and looked like the better fighter as it got deep in the championship rounds. In fact, many of those scoring the fight gave it to Holm. However, only the three people who actually mattered gave it to de Randamie.
Now I bring you the post fight talk. Of course a lot of attention was thrust on de Randamie’s next opponent. One Cris Cyborg. It was no secret that this women’s Featherweight Championship division was created just for Cyborg who fights regularly at 145. It’s also no secret that any woman who steps toe-to-toe with her is likely not to succeed, no matter the decision.
So what do you do when you win your first championship, a title that is basically meant for someone else, and the world waits for you to address it? You say you need some time off for surgery? Yes, she said she wants to fight (everyone). Maybe she actually does need surgery, but no one is letting her shine in her championship win limelight for long. De Randanie knows where the next town the circus will end up.
The Best of the Rest
We had a legend in the co-main event and two of the best all around fighters in the two fights prior to that.
Anderson Silva edged out Derek Bronson in another unanimous decision. Judges obviously giving style points to Silva as none of them gave any rounds to Bronson when they easily could have.
Silva, showing signs of Anderson Silva, again having more fun than his opponent and anyone else in a 50 mile radius.
But, fights aren’t won on style and fun. Bronson fought good and hard, should’ve easily taken two of the three rounds, but now with so much promise, finds himself on a two-fight slide. Anderson questionably wins his first fight in five years.
But in the unquestionable easiest and most predictable fight of the night, Jacare Souza taps out Tim Boetsch in the first round. That’s kind of the expected result when you pit a rank #3 against a rank #13. Perhaps a title fight next? That depends on when/if we see a Bisping vs. Romero. Souza deserves to be in the picture.
And speaking of the championship picture, Glover Teixeira is trying to make his way back there. When not looking like a child vs Jon Jones and “One Punch” Rumble Johnson, he’s actually a really good fighter. One or two more wins and he’ll find himself back in a five round fight for the strap.
All around an underwhelming and debatable night of fights. We look forward to the next Pay-per-view.