Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie square off for the women’s featherweight championship in Brooklyn on Feb. 11. Also featured in the main event are Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson and Jacare Souza vs Tim Boetsch.
The landmark 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter® will feature two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world as coaches with newly minted bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt coaching opposite former teammate and arch nemesis TJ Dillashaw, the former titleholder and current No. 2-ranked contender seeking a return to the top.
Garbrandt and Dillashaw will lead a cast of welterweights who all have redemption on their mind. Every member of the cast, including one athlete on the current UFC® roster and previous Ultimate Fighter winners, have competed on a previous season of the show, which remains the highest rated and most watched original program on FS1, and look to prove they belong in the upper echelon of one of UFC’s most stacked divisions. The Ultimate Fighter®: Redemption will premiere with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET.
With a perfect 11-0 record, Garbrandt (11-0, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) is proof that the future is now for the next wave of UFC superstars. The Team Alpha Male product defeated arguably the most dominant champion in Zuffa history, Dominick Cruz, at UFC 207 last month in dominating fashion. At just 25 years old, “No Love” is quickly becoming a fan favorite and has already made each of his fights a must-see event. With nine wins by knockout, seven in the first round, Garbrandt has the one-punch knockout power that has made him one of the most feared athletes in mixed martial arts.
A member of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter®, Dillashaw (15-3, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) is no stranger to the power and platform the competition provides; he’s one of six athletes who have competed on the show and gone on to become a UFC champion (Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, Matt Serra, Carla Esparza). Additionally, the former champ has an axe to grind with both Garbrandt and his training camp. His split from powerhouse Team Alpha Male has been widely publicized, creating one of the most intense rivalries in MMA. When he meets Garbrandt in the Octagon® after the season concludes, Dillashaw will also be looking for redemption as he attempts to regain the world title he feels is rightfully his.
Yair Rodriguez def. B.J. Penn via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:24
A mixed martial arts legend will make his New York debut on Saturday, Feb. 11, when Anderson Silva meets Derek Brunson in a UFC 208 bout at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
In the main event, Holly Holm meets Germaine de Randamie in a five-round clash for the first UFC women’s featherweight title.
Widely considered to be the greatest middleweight of all-time, Brazil’s Silva shattered records while holding the 185-pound title from 2006 to 2013, becoming an international icon in the process. Now, after a year in which he engaged in a Fight of the Night battle with current champion Michael Bisping and went the distance with light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on just days’ notice, “The Spider” will continue his quest to regain his crown when he faces North Carolina’s Brunson. A dynamic competitor with top-notch wrestling and fight-ending power, Brunson has won five of his last six, with each of those victories coming by way of knockout. On Feb. 11, Brunson could score the biggest win of his career if he can defeat Silva.
UFC Fight Night Phoenix, which is headlined by the five round featherweight fight between Yair Rodriguez and BJ Penn, and the lightweight clash between Joe Lauzon vs Marcin Held, airs live on FS1 from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday, January 15 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.
Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 starting at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Four fights will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 6:15 pm ET/3:15 pm PT
Main Event – Five rounds
Yair Rodriguez (145 lbs) vs BJ Penn (146 lbs)
FS1 Main Card – 10 pm ET/7 pm PT
Joe Lauzon (155) vs Marcin Held (156)
Court McGee (170) vs Ben Saunders (170)
John Moraga (126) vs Sergio Pettis (125)
FS1 Prelims – 8 pm ET/5 pm PT
Devin Powell (155) vs Drakkar Klose (156)
Frankie Saenz (135) vs Augusto Mendes (135)
Aleksei Oleinik (242) vs Viktor Pesta (239)
Tony Martin (155) vs Alex White (155)
UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims – 6:15 pm ET/3:15 pm PT
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (115) vs Nina Ansaroff (116)
Walt Harris (254) vs Chase Sherman (246)
Bojan Mihajlovic (205) vs Joachim Christensen (205)
Dmitrii Smoliakov (257) vs Cyril Asker (248)