UFC 208 Betting Predictions

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 7, 2017 in

UFC 207 definitely wowed the fighting public, and now UFC 208 comes this Saturday night from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The main card features the first women’s featherweight championship in the history of UFC, as Holly Holm tangles with Germaine de Randamie. However, there is a full slate of undercard bouts as well, guaranteeing an exciting night. Let’s take a look at some of your best picks from the card — and don’t forget to look at all of our other MMA odds and lines for this week.

UFC 208 Betting Predictions

Here’s the card:

Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie
Travis Browne vs Derrick Lewis
Glover Teixeira vs Jared Cannonier
Dustin Poirier vs Jim Miller
Ryan LaFlare vs Roan Carneiro
Paul Felder vs Gilbert Burns
Nik Lentz vs Islam Makhachev
Ian McCall vs Neil Seery
Randy Brown vs George Sullivan
Marcin Tybura vs Luis Henrique
Wilson Reis vs Ulka Sasaki
Phillipe Nover vs Rick Glenn

Now, some insights on some of the best bouts:

Wilson Reis vs Ulka Sasaki

Reis was slated to meet Demetrious Johnson back in July for the flyweight belt, but Johnson had an injury and the bout was put to the side. Reis seems to have fallen into UFC limbo, finally now getting a matchup with a much lesser contender in Sasaki. Look for Reis to bring the wood in this one.

Randy Brown vs George Sullivan

Sullivan has dropped two out of three since he took down Igor Araujo. When he takes on Randy Brown, Sullivan (now 35) could be on his last chance with UFC. Look for him to bring everything he has to this matchup. But will it be enough?

Marcin Tybura vs Luis Henrique

Tybura took a decision loss against Timothy Johnson in his first UFC fight, but he did take down Viktor Pesta in his second bout back in August. Henrique, a Brazilian, makes his UFC debut, and he will get a quick dose of pain from Tybura.

Dustin Poirier vs Jim Miller

Poirier took a pounding from Michael Johnson the last time out, and Jim Miller might be ready to deliver another one. Miller won just one of five bouts in 2014 and 2015, but he has rebounded in a big way since then. If Miller can take down Poirier, he could be back for good.

Ryan LaFlare vs Roan Carneiro

We have a pair of welterweights who were ranked at one point. Carneiro is nearing the end of his career arc at the age of 38, and has a reputation as a solid finisher, but LaFlare has a bit more to fight for as he is younger and still could push back up into the rankings.

Glover Teixeira vs Jared Cannonier

This light-heavyweight bout features the powerful right hand of Teixeira and the as yet unknown skill set of Cannonier. Cannonier has amassed a 9-1 record, and he has the cardio stamina to last against such fighters as Ion Cutelaba, back at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. He also has some stopping power. He faces Teixeria, whose weaknesses include wrestling skills and striking defense. However, Teixeira can finish on both the ground and while standing, so I like him to bring down Cannonier by submission.

Travis Browne vs Derrick Lewis

Browne (18-5- 1) took a beating from Fabricio Werdum back in 2014, and he hasn’t done much to impress since then. Lewis (17-4) started slow, with a 2-2 slate in his first four fights (and taking awful knockouts in both losses), but since UFC 192 he has shown real promise, winning five straight bouts against tough competition. Lewis has all kinds of strength, and his hands bring pain. However, Browne has a long reach and brings heavy blows of his own, so against a brute like Lewis, Browne should be able to stand his own. He can use elbows, kicks and punches more fluently than Lewis can, so he should be able to win this one.

Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie

Were you expecting Ronda Rousey or Cris “Cyborg” Justino? Well, Rousey took such a beating at UFC 207 could bring her career to a close. Cyborg failed a drug test and faces a lengthy suspension. However, Holm showed us her potential when she demolished Rousey at UFC 193. She has lost twice since she took that bantamweight title, but she still has quick feet and hands that don’t miss. De Randamie has a solid striking game and is a solid kickboxer, so she has what she needs to win in the clinch as well as at range. I like de Randamie to add a seventh win to her resume and send Holm further back down the slope she’s been traveling since beating Rousey.