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UFC 208 fight card primer: Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie

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UFC 208 promises a new champion when Holly Holm faces Germaine de Randamie. All the details are here in our Bloody Elbow primer.

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The main event of UFC 208 will see a new champion crowned when Holly Holm (10-2 MMA; 3-2 UFC) faces Germaine de Randamie (6-3 MMA; 3-1 UFC) to determine the first ever UFC Women’s Featherweight champion. This fight launches the new 145 pound division, so there are no rankings yet available, though Holm remains at #2 at Bantamweight with de Randamie at #10. UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie airs live from Brooklyn. NY this Saturday, February 11. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.

This fight came somewhat out of left field as a title fight for this new division. The expectation of course was that Cris Cyborg would be fighting for the title first, but some troubles with anti-doping regulations, combined with Dana White’s claim that Cyborg turned down title fight options, has kept her on the sidelines, giving Holm and de Randamie a shot at making history.

How do these two stack up?

Holm: 35 years old | 5’8" | 69" reach
de Randamie: 32 years old | 5’9" | 71" reach

What have these two done recently?

Holm: L - Valentina Shevchenko (UD) | L - Miesha Tate (Sub) | W - Ronda Rousey (KO)
de Randamie: W - Anna Elmose (TKO) | W - Larissa Pacheco (TKO) | L - Amanda Nunes (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Holly Holm is surely ready to put 2016 behind her. At the end of 2015, she was the UFC Bantamweight champion and the woman who had done the unthinkable - dethroned Ronda Rousey. Now, the former boxing world champion is on a two fight skid, after an upset submission loss to Miesha Tate, and then being picked apart by Shevchenko last summer. Holm is a patient striker who has done a fantastic job transitioning her formidable boxing skills to MMA, but she’s also 35 and winless in over a year, making this a serious must win fight for her.

Known as “The Iron Lady”, Dutch fighter Germaine de Randamie is not a fighter much known by the general UFC audience. She had a decent 2-1 record in Strikeforce, and her lone UFC loss comes against champion Amanda Nunes. She’s fought rather sporadically lately - this is just her 3rd fight since 2013 - and only her last fight made it to the main card. That fight was an impressive stoppage win last May that showed off de Randamie’s striking and physicality that is not dissimilar to the absent Cyborg. This is almost sure to be a better weight class for her, and we’ll see if she takes advantage of this golden opportunity.

Why should you care?

New champ guaranteed, and you get to see the dawn of a division. For you history buffs out there, that may make this a must-watch.