UFC 208 sets more records in New York
By Edward Carbajal
UFC 208 repeated the promotions success from when they were in Madison Square Garden in November. They set a record gate and attendance for Brooklyn Barclay's Center while introducing a new division and crowning a new champion.
Even with two fights removed New York mixed martial arts fans came to the sold out arena to watch what would be a historic event. The first featherweight title fight was not without its controversy for the ladies. While both women fought as expected the decision did not sit well with the crowd when it was announced that Germaine de Randamie won the judges over to earn the title.
The reason being was that at the close of two rounds de Randamie landed blows on Holm after the bell. A warning was given, but only after the second time it happened. Had a point been taken away, the new title would have been shelved as she won with 48-47 score according to the judges. The deduction would have made it a draw.
It was no secret that the winner of this fight would have to face Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and when that was brought up to the new featherweight champion, she said she needed surgery on her hand. This could mean fans will have to wait for a while, or there will be another interim title fight in the future.
Justino has waited long enough so she would like to fight for another title soon, even if it's the one she already had.
Anderson has her eyes on UFC gold too, so for the hardcore fans of the sport Justino versus Anderson makes a lot of sense.
All fights went to a decision with the exception of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza versus Tim Boetsch. Souza submitted Boetsch in round one of their match during the pay-per-view portion of UFC 208.
UFC 208 Results:
Germaine de Randamie defeated Holly Holm via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Anderson Silva defeated Derek Brunson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Ronaldo Souza defeated Tim Boetsch via submission (Kimura) – Round 1, 3:41
Glover Teixeira defeated Jared Cannoneir via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Dustin Poirier defeated Jim Miller via majority decision (28-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Belal Muhammad defeated Randy Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Wilson Reis defeated Ulka Sasaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Islam Makhachev defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-27)
Rick Glenn defeated Phillipe Nover via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ryan LaFlare defeated Roan Carneiro via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)