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Fights to watch to get primed for UFC 208

10 February 2017

The Belgian, 48, started well, pushing the pro back into her corner and up against the ropes.

Despite a distinguished career in both boxing and kickboxing, Holm announced herself as a fighter in the UFC when she landed a kick to the side of Ronda Rousey's head at UFC 193, unseating the previously undefeated, and presumed invincible, bantamweight champion. But as a fighter who walked around at 165 pounds, she couldn't get down to 135, were all the money fights were to be found at bantamweight with the likes of Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. "I mean, we're going to fight and no matter what people think one of us will be the 145 champion".

And she mentioned it again at Gleason's Gym after the open workouts on Thursday when talking about the daunting task for fighting Holm on such a big stage. She explained what keeps her going. She was victorious in her last fight when she took on Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski back in May of past year.

It's perhaps no surprising that de Randamie is favourite to win the bout, with Betfair placing her at 4/5 over Holly Holm at evens.

"Maybe she'll come back in the future".

The Dutch fighter, who fights Holm for the inaugural women's featherweight title in the main event of Saturday night's UFC 208 pay-per-view card in Brooklyn, made mention of knocking out Tom Waes 10 years ago in Europe during Wednesday's media day.

"I know she had a year off but it was a year off and back into a title fight".

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For years, the fighter widely recognized as the best women's featherweight competitor in the world - and, many also insisted, the overall best women's pound-for-pound fighter - was Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

In trademark style, Holm refused to talk badly of de Randamie when pressed on her ability ahead of the bout. Victory would make her the UFC's only women to have won belts in multiple divisions. It is pressure. I want to use it as good motivation.

Holm is keen to get out of Rousey's shadow and wants to prove that her career in UFC is more than just one fight - which saw her become the person that ended the winning run of the longest reigning women's bantamweight champion.

On Saturday, the UFC returns to NY to make a little more promotional history at UFC 208. "But I'm ready. If I fought men, I can fight Holly".

"But I do know that coming off of the knockout, when I knocked her out, that helped the fight with Nunes go faster if that makes any sense".

In the days after the fight was announced, Justino was understandably furious that she wasn't offered the title shot after spending the better part of a half-decade dominating everyone at that weight. I believe we're going to make an exciting fight. My thought process is just keeping it focused on good. Even the champ is a bit scared, but I'm grateful they are. There's very little upshot here, and the most likely scenario is Holm loses her third fight in a row to a relative unknown, whose victory can't properly be contextualized in a way that the casual fan will be able to digest. "I wouldn't have gotten the call if the other guys weren't afraid of him".

Fights to watch to get primed for UFC 208