UFC 208 was originally scheduled for Jan. 21 in the Los Angeles area, but the organization couldn’t come up with enough worthy options for the pay-per-view card, and it also was opposite a huge Bellator 170 event featuring former UFC greats Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen the same night in the L.A. area. So instead, UFC 208 will be staged this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which was originally to host UFC 209 on February 11. Now the card is headlined by a history-making fight: the first women’s featherweight championship bout in UFC history. The five-fight main card will begin around 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at those bouts and their Sports Interaction MMA odds.
Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie
Records: Holm (10-2), de Randamie (6-3) Division: Featherweight UFC Odds: de Randamie -120, Holm -110 Prediction: de Randamie by decision at +275
In December, UFC president Dana White announced the creation of a third division for the women: 145-pound featherweights. Holm and de Randamie clash for the first championship. Holm can become the fourth fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes, joining Conor McGregor, BJ Penn and Randy Couture in that club. Holm won the bantamweight title as a huge betting underdog at UFC 193 in November 2015 against former women’s legend Ronda Rousey. It was one of the biggest upsets in sports history. Rousey hasn’t been the same since and might soon retire. Holm, a former champion boxer, hasn’t been the same since, either, losing to Miesha Tate and then Valentina Shevchenko back in July. De Randamie is from the Netherlands and is 3-1 since joining the UFC. That loss was to current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in November 2013, but the “Iron Lady” has won both fights since. Don’t expect a submission result here as neither Holm nor de Randamie are strong on the ground and neither has a victory by submission. “Cyborg” Justino likely fights the winner.
Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson
Records: Silva (33-8), Brunson (16-4) Division: Middleweight UFC Odds: Brunson -140, Silva +110 Prediction: Silva by KO or TKO at +175
Fans of Georges St. Pierre might argue, but the Brazilian Silva is arguably the greatest MMA fighter in history and ruled the middleweight division for years. Alas, the “Spider” is now 41 years old and has four losses and one no decision in his past five fights. He last faced current light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on just a few days’ notice as a replacement at UFC 200 last July and lost by unanimous decision. Might this be Silva’s last fight with a loss? Brunson is a 33-year-old American who comes off a first-round knockout loss to Robert Whittaker in November.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Tim Boetsch
Records: Souza (23-4), Boetsch (20-10) Division: Middleweight UFC Odds: Souza -490, Boetsch +330 Prediction: Souza by submission at -155
The Brazilian Souza is the third-ranked middleweight. “Jacare” was last in the Octagon in May 2016 and impressively beat Vito Belfort by first-round TKO. Souza could be in line for a middleweight title bout later this year if he wins Saturday. Boetsch is a 36-year-old American who is ranked 13th in the division. He has lost three of his past five fights. Boetsch has plenty of power but is likely to be brought to the ground quickly by the talented Souza.
Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier
Records: Teixeira (25-5), Cannonier (9-1) Division: Light heavyweight UFC Odds: Teixeira -210, Cannonier +160 Prediction: Teixeira by KO or TKO at +250
Teixeira, another Brazilian, is ranked No. 3 in the light-heavyweight division. This fight could end quickly as the 37-year-old’s past two have. He lost to Anthony Johnson at UFC 202 last August just 13 seconds in via knockout but beat former champion Rashad Evans by first-round KO in April 2016. A total of 15 of Teixeira’s 25 victories are by KO/TKO. Cannonier, who is from Alaska, is easily facing his toughest competition and this is only his fourth bout since joining the UFC. His lone loss was to Shawn Jordan by first-round knockout.
Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller
Records: Poirier (20-5), Miller (28-8) Division: Lightweight UFC Odds: Poirier -435, Miller +300 Prediction: Poirier by KO or TKO at +150
Battle of Americans with Poirier ranked No. 10 in the lightweight division and Miller unranked. Poirier had a four-fight winning streak end in September with a first-round KO loss to Michael Johnson. It was the fifth time in Poirier’s past six trips to the Octagon that one of his fights ended in Round 1. Miller had lost four of his past five outings following a defeat to Diego Sanchez last March, but the busy Miller has since won three in a row. This will be his fifth bout in less than a calendar year. That has to take a toll.