Fight of the Night: Poirier vs. Miller
Performance of the Night: Ronaldo Souza
Fight scores were all over the place at UFC 208 in Brooklyn. That will happen when 9 out of 10 fights go to decision. It was a long night, despite 2 fights being scrapped from the card last minute.
It is still wildly apparent, that even with judging changes that were implemented recently, no one really knows what they are looking for. Regardless, here are your UFC 208 PPV results.
Germaine de Randamie vs Holly Holm
The story of the main event between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm played out like two separate fights. Germaine spent most of the fight stalking and countering Holly, while Holm did her best work in the clinch. By best work, I mean she held de Randamie against the cage and landed knees. Germaine wanted to brawl, but Holm wasn’t finding success there, so she clinched. Holm threw a lot of strikes and missed most of them, except her leg kicks. Judges went with the Iron Lady on all 3 score cards (48-47 x3). Your new Women’s UFC Featherweight Champion, Germaine de Randamie.
Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson
The greatest middleweight of all time, Anderson Silva looked to get back on track with a win over Derek Brunson. Shockingly, Anderson Silva won a unanimous decision despite being taken down 2-0 and out-struck almost 3-1. The fact that a judge scored it 30-27 for Silva, is a travesty. It was one of those weird Silva fights where he danced and clowned a little more than he actually fought. After the fight he went on to say he was getting too old to keep up with these young guys… but didn’t announce his retirement. So, he almost retired, but didn’t. I guess we will see where the Spider goes next.
Jacare Souza vs Tim Boetsch
Jacare Souza vs Tim Boetsch went almost exactly as expected. There was a short feeling out process on the feet and then Jacare got a hold of Boetsch. Having one of the very best BJJ games in all of MMA, he grabbed the arm of Boetsch and cranked it HARD. 3:41 of round 1, Jacare hits the Kimura and again makes his claim for #1 contender. After the fight, he even said so. “I am the best. I’m next in line for the title.” Although we may agree with him, Yoel Romero is waiting for Bisping to get healthy.
Jared Cannonier vs Glover Teixeira
Jared Cannonier was looking at the ceiling for most of the first round in his fight with Glover Teixeira. At the very end of the round he wobbled Glover, who from that point on, attempted to grapple for the rest of the fight. The fans weren’t thrilled, but Teixeira had to do what it took to bounce back from his :13 KO loss to Anthony Johnson. Glover thoroughly dominated the fight and won a unanimous decision (30-26 x3).
Jim Miller vs Dustin Poirier
After a wildly underwhelming prelims, the UFC 208 pay-per-view started with a bang. Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller put on a lightweight war. For two rounds they both went head hunting. There was no clear winner in either round, as both guys threw strikes until their punch meters were depleted. Miller found great success in round 3 with leg kicks and damaged the right leg of Poirier. Dustin rode the fight out in the top position, after he got a takedown. The fight ended and Poirier couldn’t even walk. Dustin took the fight by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 30-27).