UFC 208 Holm vs De Randamie: Full results
Main card (Pay-Per-View)
Inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight title bout: Holly Holm vs Germaine De Randamie
The overall fight was even. De Randamie beat Holm in the terrible, foul-marred 5-rounder, striking Holm way after the bell, after rounds 2 and 3. Holm says it was intentional and we may get an instant re-run of this ugly fight.
Terrible title-fight with Holm’s heart and will being the only saving grace for the UFC.
Middleweight bout: Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson
Anderson Silva got the judges’ nod in a snoozer of a fight against Brunson. Brunson seemingly outworked Silva, but seemed to be gun-shy against one of the greatest strikers of all time, leading to this controversial decision.
Silva on his part didn’t mount much successful offense either, except an in-fight capoeira dance.
Middleweight bout: Ronaldo Souza vs Tim Boetsch
Jacare absolutely demolished ‘The Barbarian’, in a fight that wasn’t close in any avenue. A logical ending to an unnecessary fight, that in turn puts Jacare next-in-line (Jacare was already the unofficial number 1 contender) for a shot at the UFC Middleweight title.
Light-heavyweight bout: Glover Teixeira vs Jared Cannonier
Glover Teixeira made a successful return to the Octagon after being oblitereated at UFC 202 by Anthony Johnson. Teixeira outgrappled Cannonier and got in a few important, confidence-restoring rounds that a fighter needs after returning from a brutal KO loss like he suffered.
Teixeira thoroughly outpointed Cannonier.
Lightweight bout: Dustin Poirier vs Jim Miller
Dustin Poirier returned to the win column after suffering a KO loss at the hands of Michael Johnson. Poirier looked on point against Jim Miller, in what was a classic UFC Lightweight scrap.
Both fighters traded hard shots on the feet and looked slick on the ground, with ‘The Diamond’ earning the 2 of the 3 judges’ nods.
Dustin Poirier def. Jim Miller via majority decision (28-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Undercard (FOX Sports 1)
Welterweight bout: Belal Muhammad vs Randy Brown
Belal Muhammad outworked Randy Brown at kicking range and controlled him on the mat as well. Brown failed to check his opponent’s kicks which took their toll toward the end.
Good performance by Muhammad.
Flyweight bout: Wilson Reis vs Ulka Sasaki
Wilson Reis controlled Ulsa Sasaki in the grappling exchanges, but apart from a neck-crank attempt, didn’t really threaten his Japanese opponent. Reis deserved the decision in what was overall a lacklustre fight.
Lightweight bout: Islam Makhachev vs Nik Lentz
Ah! Poet, philosopher and B.J. Penn’s mortal enemy, Nik Lentz is back! Makhachev seemed unfazed by his American opponent’s vaunted grappling game, and thouroughly outworked him on the feet and the ground.
Bad loss for the UFC’s poet!
Islam Makhachev def. Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (30-25 x2, 30-27)
Featherweight bout: Rick Glenn vs Phillipe Nover
Nover took the 1st round and Glenn took the 2nd. The 3rd round seemed to be a toss-up but Glenn ended up winning the fight on 2 of the 3 scorecards. A typical lower-tier Featherweight bout, with both fighters utilizing a run-of-the-mill wrestle-box style.
Rick Glenn def. Phillipe Nover via split decision (27-30, 29-28 x2)
Premininary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight bout: Ryan Laflare vs Roan Carneiro
LaFlare is a decent 170 pounder and more than a stiff test for other lower and mid-tier Welterweights. That said, he underperformed against Carneiro and was lucky to secure the victory, despite his opponent securing full-mount in the waning moments of the fight.
Ryan LaFlare def. Roan Carneiro via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)