UFC 208 is underway in Brooklyn, NYC, and in the main event, Holly Holm will take on Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural, women’s 145 title.
In the co-headliner, legend Anderson Silva will battle fellow middleweight contender, Derek Brunson. Fight recaps for the main card and results follow below.
Belal Muhammad def. Randy Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Wilson Reis def. Ulka Sasaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Islam Makhachev def. Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-27)
Rick Glenn def. Phillipe Nover via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Ryan LaFlare def. Roan Carneiro via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-28)
Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller
Both lightweights looked to strike early on, before Miller attempted to take the fight down. Late in the opening frame, Miller took the back of Poirier, but the latter worked his way out. The first round ended as both men were chucking heavy, heavy strikes. The high pace continued in round two, but Poirier outscored Miller with strikes and landed many hard shots. As a result, Miller was bruised and bleeding as the frame ended. Miller battered Poirier’s legs with kicks in round three, and the veteran was visibly hurting as a result. Poirier was able to take Miller down, however, and although the latter threatened with submission attempts, nothing materialized. Poirier had to be helped off his stool for the reading of the scores.
Dustin Poirier def. Jim Miller via majority decision (28-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier
Teixeira took Cannonier down not long into the bout with a beautifully timed, single leg. Teixeira dropped back for a guillotine choke, and although Cannonier defended, the latter lost top position. Cannonier worked his way back up shortly before the round ended, and appeared to stun Teixeira with shots. Cannonier landed a couple of hard punches in round two, but once again, Teixeira took the fight down. Although Teixeira was staying busy, and was trying to improve his position, the ref stood them up. In round three, Teixeira scored on yet another single leg. Once again, Teixeira dominated the action on the ground, and maintained top position.
Glover Teixeira def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Jacare Souza vs. Tim Boetsch
Jacare shot in not long into the bout, but Boetsch defended the takedown attempt. Shortly after, Boetsch appeared to land a hard right, but Jacare countered a leg kick beautifully with a takedown. From there, Jacare moved his way into a fight ending, kimura. Dominant win for the middleweight contender.
Jacare Souza def. Tim Boetsch via submission (kimura) R1, 3:41
Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson
Both men were hesitant to pull the trigger early on. Brunson tried to take Silva down a couple of times, but was unable to. As the opening round neared it’s end, Brunson landed a series of hard punches as Silva attempted to work the Muay Thai clinch. Silva came out more aggressively in round two, and had Brunson on the defensive. The latter scored a takedown but was unable to do much with it. Silva got back to his feet, and defended another TD attempt. Silva picked up the head movement and feints, but was unable to land anything telling. Silva attempted to take Brunson out of his game with more feints in round three, but again, no decisive blows came. Brunson took Silva down later in the round, but wasn’t able to launch much offense. Close fight.
The judges obviously thought Silva did more, in terms of trying to finish the fight, as he was awarded the UD win.
Anderson Silva def. Derek Brunson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie
Holm came out light on her feet, with plenty of movement, and landed several leg kicks. De Randamie was more flat footed, but planted several hard rights. As the first round neared it’s end, Holm attempted a TD, but de Randamie defended. Holm tried taking de Randamie down again in the second, but was unable to. Then, a moment after the final horn for round two went, de Randamie landed a massive shot that wobbled Holm. Round three saw Holm circling again, throwing kicks, and de Randamie countering with rights. Holm grazed de Randamie with a headkick that appeared to stun her right before the round ended, and de Randamie once again, threw a shot after the horn. The ref, however, did not deduct a point. Round four saw Holm try to take the fight down again a couple of times, but de Randamie was able to keep the fight standing. Holm clipped de Randamie with a big left in round five, but clinched up afterwards and attempted to take the fight down. De Randamie, once again, defended.
Germaine de Randamie def. Holly Holm via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)