UFC 208 was touted as an event that would make history – and it certainly did that, but I’m not referring to Germaine de Randamie defeating Holly Holm to become the promotion’s first women’s featherweight champion.
Throughout the evening there were moments where fans cheered for joy, others where they booed and some that had people scratching their heads. Even as I was sipping on a Coor’s Light, eating some buffalo mac n’ cheese and keeping an eye on the fight poster I had just won in a raffle – putting the icing on a cake that was a good evening – I found myself conflicted on how to feel about the event. There were numerous moments where I cheered, shook my head and went “huh?”
There were numerous moments throughout the fight card that peeved some fans. The judges’ scoring in the Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson fight was one of the top jeers from fans and critics. Although Silva landed some good shots and showed good takedown defense, many felt Brunson won as he had landed more significant and overall strikes. Yet when it came to the judges’ scorecards, Silva got the nod – even having a 30-27 round from one judge, which even I found confusing.
Another jeer was the refereeing during the de Randamie vs. Holm fight. While de Randamie controlled the fight for four rounds, there were a couple of moments in rounds 2 and 3 where she landed some extra blows after the whistle. Some thought it was intentional while others thought she was caught in the moment. Still, the referee was not doing his job really well in certain moments.
Overall, the event was kind of a jeer. There were moments that I enjoyed, but folks weren’t thrilled about the card having all but one bout go to a decision. Even UFC President Dana White wasn’t too happy with the fight card.
UFC 208 had some bright spots. Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza looked great in his fight against Tim Boetsch, submitting “The Barbarian” in the first round. This earned him his second-consecutive “Performance of the Night” bonus and no doubt propelled him to a title shot.
Another bright moment was the “Fight of the Night” between Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller. I knew going into the fight it was going to be good because any time you get Poirier or Miller in the octagon, it’s going to be a show. These two had a classic that saw Poirier win the first two round and Miller come back in the third frame. Poirier got the majority decision.
Another cheer was the appearance of Invicta featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino. Many were upset that she didn’t have the opportunity to compete for the UFC women’s 145 belt because of her current suspension from the USADA, but I’m confident she’s going to get a title shot in the near future – I wouldn’t be surprised if Justino got the first crack at de Randamie.
My only “huh?” was really the judge that scored a draw with Poirier and Miller. I gave Poirier the first two rounds and Miller got a second wind in round three, but I didn’t think he won the fight.
Whether you enjoyed the fight or not, UFC 208 will no doubt be remembered as one of the more controversial events in UFC history.