UFC 205 made a return to NY, where it hosted one of its most stacked events in history. Silva cleared out fighters at his division at 185 pounds while St-Pierre is king at his 170-pound division.
"I came over here not intending to stay, and then all of a sudden I'm staying and I wasn't able to say goodbye to my family or my friends". The 10th-ranked bantamweight fighter, who sustained her only UFC loss to reigning-bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, believes the struggle to cut weight won't be as daunting going forward. Her last 11 wins have come via knockout, and she is 2-0 in the UFC while competing in 140-pound catchweight bouts.
And she has the flawless chance to climb further out of the Rousey spotlight this Saturday as she takes on Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural featherweight championship.
The former Middleweight champion has said he would like to continue fighting for another five more years tops, so hopefully, UFC can make something happen in that timeframe to say thank you to one of the all-time greats of MMA. "They just have to make some phone calls, because there's a lot of girls out there that are very tough".
The same can mostly be said for de Randamie, whose undefeated 37-0 record and multiple championships in pro kickboxing stand as some of the more impressive accolades of any female fighter now frequenting the Octagon.
"I'm one of the top featherweights in the world and if I'm not picked up I guess they're really not interested in the division, so I hope they approach us in the next few weeks and we can get the ball rolling". She admitted she hasn't thought much past Saturday.
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In the Philippines, Cignal TV, the country's foremost direct-to-home (DTH) company, is the home of the UFC after the two groups agreed to an extensive deal that will see the UFC beamed on various platforms. In the other corner, the Dutch athlete will be focused primarily on her own offensive and preparing for no other outcome than a dominant victory and a new belt for her collection.
Pegged as the No. 9 middleweight on the OddsShark MMA Fighter Rankings, Brunson takes on Silva as -155 chalk.
That's perhaps being a little unkind to a UFC veteran like Boetsch, but there is a big gulf in class between the two, and even though he has picked up back-to-back wins of late, it's hard to forget he lost six of his eight bouts in the Octagon prior to that. And you're always chasing that.
It's been awhile since Holm had a fix. The former boxing champion, who will attempt to become the first woman in UFC history to win championships in two weight classes, knows how vital good role models are. "I mean, we're going to fight and no matter what people think one of us will be the 145 champion". It's a big step for this sport because I think superfight with me and Georges St-Pierre or Conor McGregor is good for this sport and for the fans.
"I don't want another loss".
Also on Saturday night's card, Jackson-Wink middleweight Derek Brunson (16-4) faces UFC legend Anderson Silva (33-8). The pay per view begins at 7 p.m., with the preliminary card airing live on Fox Sports 1 at 5.