On Saturday, the UFC returns to New York to make a little more promotional history at UFC 208.
In the main event, Holly Holm takes on Germaine de Randamie to determine the UFC’s first women’s featherweight champion. But the co-feature is a talker, too.
Former longtime middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva (33-8 MMA, 16-4 UFC) returns to take on Derek Brunson (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in the co-main event.
Silva will be looking for his first official win in more than four years. After a non-title TKO win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153, he lost his middleweight belt to Chris Weidman, then badly broke his leg in their rematch. When he returned 13 months later, he beat Nick Diaz at UFC 183 – but failed drug tests associated with the fight and was suspended for a year. After that, he lost a close decision to Michael Bisping before Bisping won the 185-pound title, then took a non-title fight on just a couple days’ notice against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, which he lost by decision.
So it’s been hard times for “The Spider,” and mostly the exact opposite of that for Brunson over the same period. Brunson needs to rebound from a knockout loss to Robert Whittaker in Australia in November, which snapped a five-fight winning streak that featured four consecutive first-round knockouts.
Ahead of UFC 208, UFC Fight Pass analyst Dan Hardy and broadcast partner John Gooden break down the co-main event. Earlir this week, they also broke down the main event between Holm (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and de Randamie (7-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC).
UFC 208 takes place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.