Holly Holm Looks to Make History at UFC 208

The Swanson vs. Lobov booking is a bit head-scratching considering Swanson's surging stock in the featherweight division, but I guess this just goes to show the power of trash-talking. Holm would pick up the pace in the middle rounds and nearly knockout Germaine with a vicious question mark head kick, but in the end the judges would see it in de Randamie's favor.

Before that, Silva lost to current champion Michael Bisping, but there's a very strong case to be made that the fight should have been stopped and Silva should have had his hand raised after he knocked Bisping out with a knee at the very end of the third round. If she has a third loss in a row, she could face being cut by the UFC. A former world boxing champion, Holm ran into counter punches from de Randamie all night and actually looked to take her down repeatedly. The Dutch fighter won the contest by a unanimous decision after all three judges scored 48-47 in her favor.

Similarly, Katie Taylor conquered a combat sport with worldwide caps in her back pocket, so De Randamie is in good company in that regard.

Holm and de Randamie, the first two and now only fighters announced for this new division, have to carry the load in spite of that.

In addition to UFC 208 Saturday night, they have headlined numerous most recent high-profile UFC shows, including UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, where 56,214 saw Holm upset Rousey; UFC 200 where Amanda Nunes won the bantamweight title against Miesha Tate, and UFC 207 where Nunes successfully defended against Rousey.

Below is the full fight card for Saturday's event.

Holm came into the UFC in February 2015 with a lot of hype.

As such, she enters the fight as an odds-on favorite to win, but that is of little comfort to her heading into the fight.

Germaine de Randamie went 46 fights in Muay Thai without being beaten and is a multiple time world champion herself.

Holm (10-2) is the former UFC bantam weight (135-pound) champion, having defeated Ronda Rousey by second-round TKO on November 14, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. This time, she fell in a five-round effort against future title challenger Valentina Shevchenko. Holm scored some offense along the fence in the form of short knees, but her strategy mostly resulted in long stalemates, which the NY crowd booed. In her first title defense, she lost with just two minutes left in the 25-minute fight.

UFC created the new 145-pound division in part as a showcase for Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino.

Germaine de Randamie has won five of her past six fights and is expected to face Cris "Cyborg" Justino next.

Holm hit her opponent with a straight right then pushed her against the fence again. She's doing [this fight] because this is where we're at, but she wants the 135-pound title back. I don't think that's her style of fighting.

Now with three straight losses, however, some have to wonder if Holly Holm's UFC career is done.

"It was an accident to hit her after the bell, it was never intentional", de Randamie said after the fight.

"I feel like the ref from NY shouldn't be reffing a main event fight", he said on Fox Sports 1 in an interview with Megan Olivi.

  • Julie Sanders