The Flaw of UFC 208

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.

Junior dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic 2

The rematch, this time for the heavyweight championship, is set between Dos Santos and Stipe Miocic for UFC 211.

Considering how close the first match was, this one is expected to be bonkers. The clear deviation from the first meeting is that this time Miocic is a clear favourite after four straight KO’s. Miocic’s confidence will obviously be looming large since he became champ and earning  victories back to back to back to back.

Dos Santos is coming of a long layoff. His chin has deteriorated in the recent past after hard fought battles in the past with Cain Velasquez and Miocic. It was clearly evident in his loss against previous title challenger Alistair Overeem. But he had make up with a technical win against Ben Rothwell. Dos Santos has spoken of going back to his strength, which is boxing and  maintaining range. Considering the way Miocic and Junior fight, there is very low chance of this fight going to the ground.

Further in the heavyweight division, Cain is expected to face the possible next  big thing in heavyweight division Francis Ngannou. If this happens, the winner will undoubtedly be receiving the next title shot (fingers crossed that Cain stays healthy for once, Pls Cain stay strong). And also if this fight happens it must main event or be a co-main of a big card.

The kickman Fabricio Werdum will face Ben Rothwell at UFC 211, the same card where the championship fight takes place. I clearly see Werdum winning this but I do not expect him to get the next title shot considering his past antics and relationship with Dana White, president of UFC.

Also there is Derrick Lewis vs Travis ‘hapa’ Brown main eventing the fight night 105 and also the return Mark Hunt against Alistair Overeem. Also for some strange reason am also excited for the return of Todd Duffee (hmm Never back down emo shiz).

GOOD LORD. Some exciting times ahead for the heavyweights in the UFC. The scene is beautiful and lets pray that everyone stays bloody healthy.