Dana White UFC 208 Post-Fight Interviews

15 February, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Douglas Reid
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In 208's main and co-main event bouts, the shortcomings of state athletic commissions reared their ugly head once again, arguably crowning a false victor in both contests.

Germaine de Randamie became the first victor of the UFC women's featherweight championship after a controversial victory over Holly Holm in Brooklyn, New York.

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Had referee Todd Anderson followed protocol, the result could have been much, much different. Holm did not connect with as many strikes as Randamie did, and she was unsuccessful in every take down attempt, but she did seem to control the pace for the final two rounds.

De Randamie had success early in the fight, with Holm turning the tide late in the third round as de Randamie began to fade, but the scorecards weren't the only source of contention. Instead, NYSAC-appointed referee Todd Anderson - short on big-fight experience given MMA's history in NY - only issued another verbal warning. De Randamie's smooth aggression will force Holm to engage in a way that she hasn't in her last two losses to Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko. UFC President Dana White said this month that the promotion created the women's featherweight title with the idea that one of the most dominant female fighters of all time, Cris "Cyborg" Justino, would wear it first.

Megan Anderson holds the Invicta interim featherweight title, but is waiting for a call from the UFC. "Germaine is a great fighter and a win over Holly only helps increase her star power", Cyborg said.

This is where things get confusing.

Current top contender Cris "Cyborg" Justino is sidelined on a provisional suspension from USADA, but if she's cleared to return to action soon it's hard to imagine the UFC wouldn't look to book her against de Randamie instead.

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Saturday's show was the first MMA event at Barclays Center, and the UFC's second show in New York City.

Anderson did not warn de Randamie about a foul the first time, but did after the second occurrence.

UFC 208 is going to end up being remembered as one of the more disappointing pay-per-view events in the company's history, landing alongside UFC 119 in Indianapolis and UFC 149 in Calgary as fight cards that were short on stars on paper and fell flat on fight night.

Anderson Silva of Brazil reacts after his win by unanimous decision against Derek Brunson.

In his post-fight interview Silva flirted with retirement before stepping away from the brink, saying he knew he no longer needed to fight, but to continue was his gift to the fans. It's watching a man you once stood in awe of become suddenly human, suddenly ordinary, and for MMA fans, it's a sad sight indeed. The UFC made no objection.

"It wasn't meant for me to hit her after the bell".

Elsewhere on the card, Glover Teixeira won a unanimous decision over unranked Jared Cannonier, while Jacare Souza moved closer to a shot at Michael Bisping's middleweight title with a first round submission victory over Tim Boetsch.

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