Have we all fully digested what happened in Brooklyn on Saturday night/Sunday morning, or have we tried to eradicate the tepid event that was UFC208 from our memories?
Many a negative comment had already been sprouted prior to Saturday’s main event but the closer we got, the excitement was starting to build. Although this card may have been a tough sell for the US PPV audience, us Brits have it easy when it comes to UFC coverage (time difference aside that is) so there wasn’t as much of an issue trying to sell it to MMA fans across the aquatic expanse.
However, what many had predicted would be an average card became reality. With 9 of the 10 fights going to the judges, even the most hardcore UFC fan would’ve struggled with proceedings in Brooklyn.
What can we say about Dustin Poirier v Jim Miller that hasn’t already been said? If it wasn’t for this toe to toe brawl, the whole event would’ve been a complete wash out. As the opening fight on the main card, expectations were high following this bruising encounter. As we know, those expectations were to be short lived but this fight was a worthy Fight of the Night winner and both Poirier and Miller deserved all the accolades bestowed upon them. With Miller absolutely ruining Poirier’s legs, another round could’ve easily seen Miller victorious but ultimately, Poirier’s brute force and accuracy won him this fight.
An honourable mention also has to go out to Jacare for doing what Jacare does best. His first round submission over Tim Boetsch was the only fight on the card with a finish. With 17 wins by way of submission under his belt, Jacare has thrust himself into contention for a title shot and will surely be a potential opponent for the winner of Bisping v Romero fight, should it ever get announced.
Poor refereeing decisions and questionable scorecards were the main topic of discussion as both unfortunately contributed to the overall poor showing on Saturday night.
The main talking point was whether referee Todd Anderson should’ve taken a point off Germaine de Randamie in her unanimous victory over Holly Holm. On two occasions, de Randamie clearly struck Holm after the bell had sounded and on the second occasion, Anderson is heard warning de Randamie that a point would be deducted should she do it again. The fact that Anderson acknowledged the previous occasion should’ve been enough to dock the point when it happened again at the end of the third round. Whether this would’ve changed the outcome of the fight we don’t know, but had the fight carried on as it did, the outcome would’ve been a draw.
The other big talking point was the judges scorecards in the Anderson Silva victory over Derek Brunson. In what was a very close and relatively uneventful fight two judges scored the fight 29-28 in Anderson’s favour. Many would still question those cards but you could argue that it could’ve gone either way, which it did. The big talking point though was the 30-27 scorecard. 30-27!! Had all three judges scored it 29-28 there would’ve been a few grumbles but for one judge to score the fight so differently is incredible. Ultimately all three judges favoured Anderson but questions have to be asked about the difference in the cards.
My, what an ugly card. I don’t like slating a card as it’s the livelihood and profession of some highly skilled fighters but man, Brooklyn wasn’t great.
The de Randamie after shots were probably the epitome of this card as they were sly and dirty. I appreciate that fighters get caught up in the moment and sometimes don’t hear the bell but de Randamie knew what she was doing. The first punch rocked Holm and clearly had her unsteady on her feet. Should she have kept her guard up until the referee jumped in? Maybe. But to be caught with two late blows is a sickener for Holm. I don’t necessarily think de Randamie is a dirty fighter, as you could argue that the fighting instinct well and truly kicked in, but self-control is surely a fundamental part of being a great fighter?
When all is said and done, we now have four European champions across the various divisions, which is some achievement, and Germaine de Randamie will always be the first female featherweight champion but the sooner we forget about Brooklyn, the better.