Holm is in desperate need of a victory on Saturday not only to make history, but to keep her UFC career alive.
Silva and Brunson have never fought one another, and both lost their last fight.
She's trying these days to avoid another rather dubious fight conversation. Every great movie needs a soundtrack and all great fights should have a playlist.
Holm has shown that she is at her most risky punishing her overly aggressive opponents on the counter attack, but when she is forced to be more proactive she can become very timid and quickly runs out of options. If Holm is to win this weekend, she would join BJ Penn, Randy Couture, and Conor McGregor as the only fighters to win the belt in two divisions. "But I'm not in this sport to please everybody else and what they think and what they feel". "I love food, so it's fantastic because I get to eat".
A championship bout featuring Cyborg seems inevitable, but that's down the road.
After surrendering the bantamweight title in a March fifth-round submission loss to Miesha Tate, then performing lethargically by her standards in a July decision loss to No. 1 bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko, Holm is driven to escape her rut and claim another belt.
Look for Holm to fight at a safe distance, get the jab going, and mix in kicks.
"It's not like I've been fighting nobody's". His quickness will have certainly diminished with age, but it is only one of the many tools that he can use to hurt an opponent very badly. I just want to win right now. Like her main event counterpart, De Randamie was on point at the scale and came in officially at 143.6 pounds.
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The long wait is nearly over. "I thought he could have played somewhere in college if he had made a decision to go that route". Look for Taylor Gabriel and Julio Jones to both have huge nights and for Matt Ryan to walk away with the MVP award.
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Injuries are a part of any sport and Holm experienced one in her last defeat. The fight can be seen below via the official UFC YouTube page.
Holm can make history by becoming the first woman to win titles in two different divisions in the UFC.
"I'm twice as motivated and twice as excited to get in there", Holm said. "It's Holly and me fighting, not Cris, so it is what it is, I'm sorry".
Based on those facts, it might sound unusual that the UFC has been so heavily criticised for it's decision to place the dutch fighter in the main event of a Pay-per-view and in the inaugural women's featherweight title fight opposite Holly Holm. She's a Dutch kickboxer who also fought in Strikeforce and also lost to Nunes in 2013.
Holm has shown what she can do when she's at her best.
If Brunson fights the way he did last time out in his TKO loss against Robert Whittaker then he should be easy meat for Silva, who would have a field day countering him as he recklessly charged forward with his chin out and his hands low, swinging wild haymakers. While the event tonight is not almost as star studded, there are still some big names and big fights worth watching. Big underdog Tim Boetsch +425 could upset Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza -550 and that would be a big payoff with $100 on Boetsch earning you $425.
Justino, however, rejected fights against Holm and de Randamie. She's the hardest working person I've ever met in my life.