Saturday’s UFC 208 should provide plenty of good fights. Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie should be a very good battle of strikers. Anderson Silva, even at this stage, is an engaging fighter to watch. Jacare Souza’s capability to finish fights from anywhere and Tim Boetsch’s rugged toughness is a promising mix. Although not popular, Jared Cannonier can toss leather and his fight with Glover Teixeira will definitely have some level of brutality. Jim Miller might be the most interesting mill in the sport, and Dustin Poirier is a finisher with something to show.
However, in another regard, UFC 208 is a weak offering from the UFC, barren of fights with true significance.
Miller vs. Poirier and Teixeira vs. Cannonier might be fun fights, however neither has high stakes when it comes to title contention. Boetsch is an opponent to keep Souza busy as he waits for a middleweight title shot. Derek Brunson is an exciting fighter, but nobody cares to see him beat Anderson Silva, and no one will remember Anderson Silva beating him.
Holm and de Randamie are vying for a fabricated champion for a department that has just one other fighter– and she won’t be able to challenge the winner till December at the earliest. It’s a fight with incorrect stakes substantiated of desperation. The UFC had no real main event prospects for the date, and couldn’t manage to cancel another pay-per-view event (the promotion had currently abandoned a prepared January 21 pay-per-view date). Neither fighter even has a claim to a championship fight. Holm has lost her last two bouts, including most recently to the top bantamweight title contender. De Randamie has actually won her last two fights, both against fighters without Wikipedia pages, and prior to that lost to the current bantamweight champion. The fight is an intriguing clash, but a joke as a pay-per-view centerpiece for a brand name new champion.
Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie
Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier
Jim Miller vs. Dustin Poirier
Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson
Ronaldo Souza vs. Tim Boetsch
Phillipe Nover vs. Rick Glenn
Jarred Brooks vs. Ian McCall
Wilson Reis vs. Ulka Sasaki
Nik Lentz vs. Islam Makhachev
Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro