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UFC 208: de Randamie controversially edges Holm to become first female featherweight champ

With Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino watching cageside, Dutch striker Germaine de Randamie became the UFC’s first female featherweight champion after decisioning former bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 208.

The win came with some controversy after de Randamie landed a strike after the horn in rounds two and three, including a punch that wobbled Holm and could have impacted the rest of the fight. De Randamie was only given a verbal warning by the referee after the second infraction and did not deduct a point, which could have turned the de Randamie win into a draw.

Holm was the busier fighter, attacking from the outside using her leg kick combinations and landed several head kicks, including one in the third round that buckled de Randamie.

But de Randamie was much more accurate and damaging, using knees strikes and elbows in the clinches that Holm used to try and wear her down.

“The Iron Lady” becomes the first Dutch UFC champion since Bas Rutten in 1999.

According to president Dana White, Justino is next in line for a shot at de Randamie’s belt, assuming she deals with her USADA “potential” anti-doping violation.

The Kimura Moment

Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller earned Fight-of-the-Night, while Ronaldo Souza earned performance-of-the-night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS 

RICK GLENN VS PHILLIPE NOVER

WINNER: RICK GLENN VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PHILLIPE NOVER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Glenn’s pressure and activity overshadowed the nice high kicks landed by Carniero. A solid lunch bucket performance by Glenn.

RYAN LAFLARE VS ROAN CARNEIRO

WINNER: RYAN LAFLARE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RYAN LAFLARE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Carniero back-pedalled too much and LaFlare controlled most of the first two rounds. Too little, too late for Carniero in the third. Good win for LaFlare.

TSN 5 PRELIMS

NIK LENTZ VS ISLAM MAKHACHEV 

WINNER: ISLAM MAKHACEV VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-25, 30-25, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISLAM MAKHACEV VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Makhacev simply used his grappling and sambo to control Lentz for the majority for the fight. Lentz had no answers, so in that respect Makhacev could have done more.

#5 WILSON REIS VS ULKA SASAKI 

UFC 208

WINNER: WILSON REIS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: WILSON REIS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Reis overcame the length and reach of Sasaki with expertly timed takedowns to control the majority of the fight on the ground. Smart tactics and execution on the part of Reis.

RANDY BROWN VS BELAL MUHAMMAD

WINNER: BELAL MUHAMMAD VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RANDY BROWN VIA TKO

Andrews: Muhammad took away the vertical base of Brown by attacking the legs in the first round, then took him to the ground and controlled him. Brown did land some shots, but could not get anything going. Excellent win for Muhammad.

MAIN CARD 

#10 DUSTIN POIRIER VS JIM MILLER

WINNER: DUSTIN POIRIER VIA MAJORITY DECISION (28-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DUSTIN POIRIER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Poirier got wild, but landed enough strikes and to score the points needed for the narrow in. Miller fought great, but he and his corner did not recognize the injury to Poirier’s leg in the third round that could have won him the fight. Great fight, at any rate.

#3 GLOVER TEIXEIRA VS JARED CANNONIER 

WINNER: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-26m 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA TKO

Andrews: Glover took Cannonier to the ground and the rest was history.

#3 RONALDO SOUZA VS #13 TIM BOETSCH

WINNER: RONALDO SOUZA VIA SUBMISSION R1 3:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RONALDO SOUZA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Souza pounced on the arm of Boetsch  once he got the full mount and locked in the Kimura and that was it. Souza is a master on the ground. Excellent win.

#7 ANDERSON SILVA VS #8 DEREK BRUNSON 

WINNER: ANDERSON SILVA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISON (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEREK BRUNSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: I thought Brunson stole the fight and Anderson gave it away again. Silva’s decreasing inactivity in his fights is alarming. He may have won, but I think he should retire.

HOLLY HOLM VS GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE 

WINNER: GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VIA SPLIT-DECISION

Andrews: Controversy. The ref should have deducted a point after that first late strike by de Randamie after the second round, and most certainly after the second late strike after the third round.  Should have been a draw, but it is what it is. Tactical fight bit not a ton of action, and I don’t think it will save UFC 208 from being looked at as a mediocre card overall.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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