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UFC 208 Weigh-in Results: Holm, De Randamie Primed for Inaugural Featherweight Title

"But I knew it would get bigger because I know how passionate female athletes are and how much they love to fight and put the time in".

"No, I don't think so", she said. "I need to make this worth it".

"All my focus is stay happy when I go fight; do my job and stay happy".

Opening the pay-per-view portion of UFC 208, lightweights Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller bring a stylistic flair that should produce heated moments.

Despite back to back losses, Holm could end the weekend as the inaugural UFC featherweight champion as she headlines UFC 208.

The 35-year-old American endured a tough 2016 after losing her bantamweight crown to Meisha Tate before being out-pointed by Valentina Shevchenko.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m. (PST).

"When I have no energy and when I got to say 'stop, ' I'll stop, but now I have a passion", said Silva, speaking with Keyboard Kimura earlier in the week. "I think (it would be) the best show for this sport". Whether she plans on coming in and using her grappling skills or not, we don't know. I still have confidence in my ability.

The former 135lb champ has tremendous cardio and that could pay dividends in the later rounds, but while De Randamie might not be so agile and light on her feet, she is going to be landing the more effective, harder strikes over the course of five rounds and that will earn a win on the scorecards to become the 145lb champ. It's a similar issue cast upon a fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, and Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 - a pair of fights that reflected some of the more brilliant matchmaking available, but also a pair of fights marred by the relatively meaningless titles set up as the prize. "They might have came from a better upbringing, so they had better gear, better shoes, so that came into part of the bullying, just making fun and that constant harassment". More impressively, she stopped her then undefeated fighter from initiating the clinch - a place she reigned supreme.

With neither women known for their ground game, we are in for an exciting kickboxing match. I know that she's trained to be ready in all areas as I am as well.

Holm, meanwhile, has gone up a weight class and will fight on Saturday to become the first ever UFC women's featherweight champion.

With Cristiane "Cris" Justino out of competition for the foreseeable future, the stability of the woman's featherweight division remains unclear. Holm (10-2) weighed in at 144.4 pounds on Friday, while Randamie (6-3) was 143.6. By knocking out Rousey to claim the UFC women's bantamweight championship in the biggest upset in the sport's history, Holm either ended something or started something. I wanted to be the first one to do that. "But some people cross the line and they say something and I don't let it go. This is just the start of it". If Holm can play the counter game, avoid getting hit with one of those shots, she should be able to jab and kick her way to victory. Her domination of Rousey at a time when Rousey looked invincible might always be the highlight of her MMA legacy. Having settled at that gym at the beginning of her career, the working relationship that she has with her coaches is something cultivated over many training camps, and a lot of title attempts and defences.

She was stepping into the octagon against Ronda Rousey in a Melbourne, Australia stadium for a fight that, win or lose, would make her a household name to millions of sports fans.



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