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Dana White: ‘UFC 208 Not One of Our Better Events’ (Video)

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UFC president Dana White gave his impressions following UFC 208, including who he thought won between Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson, Jacare Souza’s future, and the main event.

Let’s just say that his overall impression of UFC 208 wasn’t complimentary.

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Anderson Silva is Old, Very Old, but He’s Not Retiring

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At 41 years of age, everyone is asking, when is Anderson Silva going to retire?

Though he edged out a narrow, if not controversial, unanimous decision over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 on Saturday night in Brooklyn, N.Y., Silva isn’t ready to walk away. 

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He readily admits that his years are ratcheting upward, saying after the fight with a giant grin and wide eyes, “I’m old! I’m very old!” But he’s just finding the fun in a sport that he has dedicated much of his life to, so Silva is definitely not ready to hang up his gloves.

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Dana White Criticizes Main Event UFC 208 Referee

The Ultimate Fighting Championship crowned its first ever women’s featherweight champion at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, but it wasn’t without controversy.

Germaine de Randamie defeated former bantamweight champion Holly Holm in the fight card’s main event to capture the inaugural belt. The controversy centered on referee Todd Anderson’s decision to not deduct a point from de Randamie for striking Holm after the bell on two occasions during the five-round fight.

Dana White UFC 178 PresserMixed martial arts became legal in New York in March 2016. The New York sanctioned referees and judges don’t have a wealth of experience with MMA, and it showed.

The bell sounded, clearly signifying the end of the second round, after which de Randamie delivered and landed a right hand that staggered Holm. At the conclusion of the third frame, de Randamie threw two punches after the bell. She was not deducted a point for either foul. UFC president Dana White doesn’t think Anderson should have been assigned to referee a main event title bout.

“I feel like the ref from New York shouldn’t be reffing a main event fight. They don’t have enough experience. He should not have been in there. But we don’t make those decisions. The commission does. It was a bad decision by them,” he said backstage following the event.

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“Everybody was blowing me up on the phone. ‘What’s wrong with this ref? What’s wrong with this ref?’ What’s wrong with this ref is he doesn’t have big-fight experience like that. None of these guys do in this state yet, and they should have had one of the experienced MMA refs reffing that main event,” added the UFC president.

Anderson’s decision to not take a point changed the outcome of the fight. Had he done what any seasoned referee would have done, the main event would have ended in a draw with all scorecards readying 47-47. Instead, de Randamie walked away with a victory by a 48-47 unanimous decision.

“If that guy takes a point for hitting after the bell, it’s a draw,” said White.

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Glover Teixiera Takes the Win Over Jared Cannonier (UFC 208 Highlights)

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Jared Cannonier showed the toughness and tenacity of a bright future, but Glover Teixeira’s experience earned him the victory at UFC 208 in Brooklyn.

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Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller’s UFC 208 Fight of the Night Highlights

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Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller’s UFC 208 pay-per-view opener went the distance, but it wasn’t for a lack of either fighter trying to finish.

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‘Jacare’ Souza Earns $50,000 for Submitting Tim Boetsch (UFC 208 Bonuses)

Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the fighter bonuses stemming from UFC 208 following Saturday’s event in Brooklyn, New York.  Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Dustin Poirier, and Jim Miller took home the $50,000 performance-based incentives.  

The fight promotion typically awards four fighters bonuses after an event, but with only one finish on the 10-fight card only three fighters received bonuses. 

Poirier and Miller earned Fight of the Night honors for their lightweight bout that kicked of the event’s main card.  Heading into the bout Poirier promised to be more defensively minded instead of engaging in a brawl.  By the end of the first round, he and Miller were slinging leather in the pocket.  Poirier landed the cleaner shots, but Miller did not go away.  After three rounds of back-and-forth action, Poirier was awarded a majority decision win. 

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Souza, the third-ranked middleweight in the world, scored the fight card’s lone finish when he submitted Tim Boetsch in main card action.  The Brazilian has logged first-round finishes in his last two outings.  With the win “Jacare” has options.  He can either weight for a title shot, or take a fight to remain active. 

UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Nine of the 10 fights resulted in decisions. 

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UFC 208 Gate and Attendance: Fights Set Arena Record for Highest Grossing Sporting Event

The UFC fans came out in droves for UFC 208, setting the record for highest grossing sporting event in the arena’s history on Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Barclays Center played host to the event headlined by the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title fight, seeing 15,628 sell out the stands with a $2,275,105 gate.

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Fans witnessed history as Germaine de Randamie topped Holly Holm in the evening’s featured bout. As the decision was announced, de Randamie’s hand was raised and the championship belt was placed around her waist. The win didn’t come without controversy, however, as de Randamie on two occasions landed punches after the bell, but never had points deducted. 

In the co-main event, Anderson Silva picked up his first win since 2012, topping Derek Brunson in a close fight. After the bout, the 41-year-old Silva said he still has fights left on his UFC contract and indicated he plans on finishing out those obligations before calling it a career.

The 10-fight card was one full of decisions with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza picking up the only win within the distance, finishing Tim Boetsch by submission in the first round.  

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