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De Randamie Edges Holm on UFC 208 Odds

Germaine de Randamie will be looking to claim the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title with a third straight TKO victory when she steps into the octagon at UFC 208 on Saturday to face Holly Holm as a strengthening -135 betting favorite.

Pegged as the No. 10 challenger on the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings, de Randamie dominated in her last outing, spoiling Anna Elmose’s UFC debut with a first-round TKO win as -375 chalk at UFC Fight Night 87. That lifted her professional MMA record to 6-3 ahead of Saturday night’s matchup at Barclays Center.

The Iron Lady was equally dominant while stopping Larissa Pacheco in the second round with a devastating TKO on punches at UFC 185, rewarding bettors as a narrow -105 underdog.

However, de Randamie suffered a brutal ground and pound beating in her UFC Fight Night 31 clash with current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, falling in the first round as -140 chalk in her second career opening-round defeat.

Listed as a +105 underdog, Holm takes on de Randamie looking to end a two-fight losing streak. The Preacher’s Daughter rose to prominence with a stunning second-round knockout of Ronda Rousey as a +525 underdog at UFC 193 to claim the UFC women’s bantamweight crown.

However, Holm came up short in her first title defense against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 as a -350 favorite, suffering a fifth-round loss by submission. Holm followed up with a five-round unanimous decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko as -225 chalk at UFC on Fox 20 that dropped her pro record to 10-2.


Souza and Brunson Also Favorites on Card

In other UFC 208 betting action, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will be looking to earn a shot at the UFC middleweight title when he takes on veteran Tim Boetsch as a heavy -550 favorite.

Souza dominated Vitor Belfort in his last outing, handing the veteran a first-round TKO loss on punches as a -300 favorite at UFC 198, and has ended six of his past nine fights inside five minutes.

A winner in his past two fights, Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch trails as a distant +375 underdog in his clash with Souza. The 36-year-old American needed just over three minutes to knock out Rafael Natal as a +125 underdog at UFC 205, but has emerged victorious just four times in his past 10 octagon appearances.

As well, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva is a +120 underdog in his bid to end a five-fight winless streak in his bout with Derek Brunson, a -150 favorite, while Dustin Poirier is pegged as -450 chalk in his lightweight tilt with Jim Miller, who sports +325 odds.


*Odds as of February 10, 2017


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