In recent memory UFC 208 has been one of the most unanticipated shows. When tickets get sold in minutes these days, the tickets for UFC 208 are still available. (Grab em’ if you still want one).
Let me put down the main PPV card below:
- Holy Holm vs Germaine de Randamine
- Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson
- Ronaldo Souza vs Tim Boetsch
- Glover Teixeira vs Jared Cannonier
- Dustin Poirier vs Jim Miller
Okay, so what feels so wrong about this card?
My opinion is that all the fights are one fighter centred. There are no two star fighters fighting each other. (like Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor). The main fight is the first fight in the women featherweight division in the UFC and at stake is the featherweight belt. But the featherweight division in the past few young years of the division was synonymous with one women Cristaine Justino, better known as Cyborg. Cyborg wanted a few more months to recover from her severe weight cut to a 140 pounds in her previous fight. But UFC had to get going with a PPV card, after missing one in January 2017. Without Cyborg fighting this fight seems like just another interim title fight. And the fact that Holy Holm is coming of two loses is another reason why many do not accept with her getting an immediate title shot. Germaine is no superstar by any means and the Iron Lady has a chance to shine on Saturday night. She could, by defeating Holly, retire her as well.
The co-main event does not have any real story to it. Again the fight is sold only cos of Anderson and him being the most dominant champion in the past. Anderson Silva does not have a solid victory under his name is years and Derek Brunson is coming off a knockout loss to Robert Whittaker. Similarly, Derek winning could well close the coffin on Anderson Silvas’s long celebrated career.
The same is with the other two fights, where Jacare Souza and Glover are the relevant names. They have very less to gain in their wins but a lot to loose if they fail to get the W.
The card is an opportunity for the unknowns to get relevant. Its an opportunity for Germaine de Randamine, Derek Brunson, Tim Boetsch and Jared Cannonier to etch their names and to shine a little more brighter. And if someone can finish the night in style against a relevant name, their stakes rise, the money rises and the big fights come along. The card is also an opportunity for Dustin Poirier to get back to winning ways and show his class again.
Watch this fight card to witness the unknowns rise to occasion or the old dogs moving further along in their already celebrated careers.
PS: we all like to see an underdog win. What if, just what if, Germaine de Randamine, Derek Brunson, Tim Boetsch and Jared Cannonier all manage to pull off the victories. It would be one of the greatest cards in history.
Let us all witness UFC 208.