With no better options on the table, the UFC made a decision to crown a women's featherweight champion.
'The Preacher's Daughter' launched a devastating head kick to take previously unbeaten superstar Rousey's bantamweight title in November 2015. Silva, 41, returns to the octagon on Saturday (11 February) at UFC 208 to take on Derek Brunson as one of the UFC's most dominant middleweight champions seeks to fix his reputation after suffering four defeats and a no contest since his last win - a one-round knockout over Stephan Bonnar back in October 2012.
Former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm (10-2) of Albuquerque, N.M., will meet Germaine de Randamie (6-3) of San Jose by way of Holland in the main event of UFC 208 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"I don't really know a lot about Germaine, I know she has good striking, but I'm a Holly fan, I'm always going to go with Holly, even though now I could be potentially fighting her, it's weird".
While there's been no official announcement on her end, it'll be even tougher to come back from her latest setback. She is temporarily suspended pending adjudication of the case. They match up in interesting ways; the bout should be really entertaining, and there are some interesting storylines that you can add to the fight based strictly on their combat sports histories. "Each division has to start somewhere". It built from there.
Holm, of course, is still fighting but the 35-year-old has plenty to prove if she wants to be remembered for anything other than being the woman who exposed Rousey and took her "0". "But there's so many girls that want the opportunity, I can guarantee you they can build this division in no time".
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"I'm also coming off two losses, so she (de Randamie) might be thinking, 'I've got her when she's down.' But coming off of those losses I'm twice as motivated, twice as excited to get in there". "It's not Cris versus me or Cris versus Holly". Whether you were one of the tens of millions that saw it play out live, or one of the hundreds of millions that since watched a 60-second clip on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter, you're likely familiar with how Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey.
What followed though were two very disappointing losses against Meisha Tate in her first and only title defence and then against Valentina Shevchenko.
Under the boxing model, promoters come together to create a big fight, then agree upon the best location for that bout to take place. "I don't mean that in any rude way", the former UFC bantamweight champion explained. While she lost her first title defense and is on a two fight losing streak, she has fought solid competition, in the UFC, with a very capable Marion Reneau being her lowest ranked opponent in the promotion. Her takedown game isn't great, but it's better than De Randamie's, so she could eat up some time with attempts and top control. "I wouldn't have gotten the call if the other guys weren't afraid of him". I got choked out - completely unconscious.
Zeroing on the fight, the analyst said for her experience and noted fight shape, Ms. Holm could wind up the victor. But I know that I was being competitive.
"After Saturday, nobody will forget me again". I still have confidence in my ability. My thought process is just keeping it focused on good.