UFC 208 will usher in a new age in women’s MMA. Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie will square off in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY for the first ever UFC women’s featherweight championship. The stakes are high for Albuquerque’s Holm, and there are multiple reasons why.
1. A win would make her a two division UFC champion.
With a win, Holm would become the 4th fighter in UFC history to hold championship belts in two different divisions. UFC legends like BJ Penn, Randy Couture, and Conor McGregor have done the same, so this could greatly help Holm’s legacy as a UFC fighter. “I want both belts,” Holm said to Marissa Payne of the Washington Post. “Not just because it would make history. That’s awesome, but because I had that [bantamweight] belt and I let it go. I want it back.”
2. She needs to get off of a two fight losing streak.
Losing two fights is tough for any MMA fighter, but for Holm, it is even harder to swallow. When one of those losses was for a championship belt vs. Miesha Tate and one of them to possibly get her back in the running for a chance at the belt again against Valentina Shevchenko, the road hasn’t been easy. A win would help bring her back into the spotlight among the best of the UFC, and cement her in history as the first ever women’s featherweight champion.
3. More prospects may want to come after her then De Randamie.
After Megan Anderson won the interim Invicta FC featherweight championship in impressive style over Charmaine Tweet, she said in her post fight interview, “Dana White (UFC President), you tell Holly or Germaine to keep my belt warm, because I’m (expletive) coming for it!” Anderson has proven that she has the potential to be a high class women’s featherweight fighter, so this could truly be the next person to face the winner. Although according to Fansided, they report that some bantamweight prospects like Marion Reneau and Ashlee Evans-Smith could be willing to move up to fight for the title.
4. Superfights with Holm, Cris Cyborg, and/or Amanda Nunes could be set up.
All MMA fans have dreamt of Cris Cyborg fighting Holm after the slow downfall of Ronda Rousey. Even current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes threw her name in the mix as well. Although, the fight with Cyborg could be a longer time from now than we want. Cyborg was “disappointed” that the division was made after she had supposedly accepted a fight with Holm according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, but Dana White had said that Cyborg turned down both fights with Holm and De Randamie. This possibly foreshadowed that she may take some time away from the UFC, and maybe even defend her Invicta FC featherweight title against Megan Anderson, the interim champion, because it will only be a matter of time before the belt will be asked back by Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
So as we can see, a lot of things are at stake for Holly Holm. The bout will take place on Saturday, February 11th, and can only be seen on Pay-Per-View channels via your provider. This will be a fight you will not want to miss!