We'll be live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD from 1am on Sunday, February 12th to witness Holm's attempt to become the first female to win world titles in two weight divisions. "And it's because she doesn't talk; she's not a talker". She had been making it all look so easy, glowering with dark objective inside the cage and glistening with a golden smile under celebrity spotlights. "World class" can be a term thrown around and over used in combat sports, but when it comes to striking, and speaking specifically about that facet of mixed martial arts, these two ladies truly stand on the shoulders of giants.
Then, in a packed stadium in Melbourne in November 2015, along came Holly Holm to change the pop idol narrative.
Holm, fighting in a division created as a supposed coronation for Cyborg Justino, can join McGregor, Randy Couture and B.J. Penn as the only two-division champs in UFC history.
Holm is a former UFC women's 135-pound champion. The fight is for the newly minted UFC featherweight title. Silva also said that at this time, it is about making matchups that fans would love to watch and therefore would bring a lot of viewers on pay-per-view.
If only the plot were that untwisted.
However, she would lose her title at the first defence as she was submitted in the final round by veteran Meisha Tate. The fight went the distance and Holm lost on a decision.
Both fighters weighed in Friday morning below the 145-pound featherweight limit, Holm at 144.4, de Randamie at 143.6.
In de Randamie's MMA debut, she was submitted (arm bar) by Brazil's Vanessa Porto. Here are the keys to victory for both Holm and de Randamie as UFC 208's main event draws closer. Justino, who is naturally around 170 pounds, was offered the fight by White, but had to decline in order to recover from a risky weight cut she endured for a 140-pound catchweight bout in September.
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If Cyborg is able to avoid suspension, she may fight the victor of Holm vs de Randamie.
Silva and Brunson seemed more amped for a night on the town than a few rounds in the cage.
Las fall, UFC president Dana White, frustrated with how negotiations fared for a potential fight between Holm and Justino, yanked the offer to Justino and gave it instead to the less-heralded de Randamie.
De Randamie will become the company's first-ever 145-pound champion and will likely take on Cris Cyborg if she is given an exemption from her suspension. Competing at bantamweight, she went 4-1 in the UFC, with her only loss to current champion Amanda Nunes. It's a risk, but the UFC has to do what it can while its superstars are on hiatus. One might argue that Holm has some sparkle.
He was quite candid about it in post-fight interviews, and saw the error of his ways immediately. Holm no longer has the distinction of being The Only Woman To Beat Ronda Rousey, after Nunes did so six weeks ago in 48 seconds of brutal dominance.
"I don't want my whole career to be defined around getting the belt from Ronda", she said. It's just a challenge for myself and for the best standup fighting. Whereas mainstream culture generally has flinched at the sport of face-punching, Rousey was embraced.
From the longest winning streak in UFC history (16) to the most consecutive title defenses (10) and the most overall knockdowns of his opponents (18), Silva's career has been an extraordinary ride filled with dramatic moments and highlight-reel finishes. At strawweight, Joanna Jedrzejczyk has four defenses and a big personality, but traditionally, the smaller champions have drawn minimal attention.
The future of the division still appears to be in limbo beyond Saturday. It was unfortunate events in those fights.