The only title fight of the night will be the female bantamweight matchup.
Let's not get all giddy with this booking.
"Women's MMA is growing more than it ever has, and we're not going anywhere, just get over it and watch some really good fights".
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace is fighting for the first time since knocking out fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort in May of the previous year. Yeah? Okay, cool, whatever. The fight is for the newly minted UFC featherweight title. On the contrary, it very much does.
There are five total fights on the main card, let's preview each of them.
When Holm steps in the cage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., this weekend, she will not do so as a reigning champion. Silva, one of the best fighters in the history of the sport, has lost four of his last five and hasn't won since he beat Stephan Bonnar via TKO at UFC 153 in October 2012.
The main event should be the beneficiary of a solid buildup on Saturday night.
Fighters typically cut copious amounts of weight to fight in their divisions.
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De Randamie (6-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a native of Holland, isn't afraid to acknowledge the added physical benefits of having a heavier UFC weight class for women.
Anderson's mega fight days are largely behind him, and the fighter that once pined for a fight with boxer Roy Jones Jr. can only smile now when he hears the numbers thrown around for a proposed McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout. All the while, Shannon Knapp is over at Invicta FC with an arsenal of ladies who can fill the featherweight void.
In his prime Anderson Silva would have handled someone like Derek Brunson with relative ease, but with declining abilities and a young hungry contender in front of him this may be the last time we see Anderson Silva fight near the top of a PPV. If you're a casual fan, you should get on YouTube and see this woman throw hands.
Holm sensationally defeated Ronda Rousey to win the bantamweight title but lost the belt to Miesha Tate at UFC 196. Since then we have also been treated to a strawweight division, where current champion, Poland's Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks unstoppable. Heidi Dean makes sure none of the fighters slip as they get off the bus.
"I never doubted that she [Ronda Rousey] was dealing with a lot of pressure. Additionally, it's likely that the UFC will begin looking at Invicta Fighting Championships' featherweight division as it did when introduced the 135-pound and 115-pound weight classes", he said.
Once again, call Shannon Knapp.
The days of Silva being the world's best pound-for-pound fighter are long gone.
Odds: Most bettors slate Holm as roughly a 7/2 underdog. She won her first two fights in the UFC by decision before getting a title shot against then-champion Ronda Rousey. 'Maybe she'll come back in the future. It was during that UFC 168 title fight that Silvia's left leg was brutally broken as Weidman checked one of Silva's kicks, putting an indefinite hold on "The Spider's" career. "I've had an unbelievable career so far already", de Randamie said on a conference call for UFC 208.