UFC 208: Holm vs De Randamie Date: February 11, 2017 Arena: Barclays Center City: Brooklyn, NY The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is in Brooklyn, NY for the first time in promotional history with UFC 208: Holm vs De Randamie, which will crown the UFC’s inaugral women’s featherweight champion. The 11-fight card is scheduled to get started with UFC Fight Pass prelims at 7pm ET. Preliminary action will continue on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm and the Pay Per View main card will kick off at 10pm. If interested in wagering on any bouts for this fight card, all betting lines will be made available to you at Several Bookmakers. Here are my plays: Flyweight bout: Ian McCall (+115) vs Jarred Brooks (-135) Gabe’s Thoughts: Despite being at a physical size disadvantage, I think the short notice promotional newcomer Brooks is the superior mixed martial artist of the two 125-pounders heading into this contest. I think there is a good chance he puts McCall away, but if he fails to find the finish, I take he defeats the veteran on the judges’ scorecards. This is denitely a ‘new blood versus old blood’ match-up in the UFC’s flyweight division and I think the young prospect is going to come out on top with the W. I’ll say he hurts McCall early, then takes his bank and sinks in a rear naked choke. “Uncle Creepy” still out of it, refuses to tap and goes to sleep. The referee pulls them apart, and the fight is over. Welcome to the UFC, Jarred Brooks. Gabe’s Call: Brooks by Technical Submission (rear naked choke, 1:23 round 1) Gabe’s Recommended Play: Brooks (-135) Featherweight bout: Phillipe Nover (+175) vs Rick Glenn (-210) Gabe’s Thoughts: Contrary to popular opinion, I think this fight is a lot closer than the betting odds currently suggest. I have reason to believe that Nover is the physically stronger fighter of the two, so I favor him to get the better of Glenn in the grappling exchanges. Rick has the advantage on the feet at range, but I expect the majority of this bout to take place in close distance, inside the clinch and on the mat. I think it is going to be a close fight, and at the current betting odds, I think it is a “dog or pass” situation. I am going to opt to make a play on the hometown underdog here and hope he comes through with a big win in front of his fellow New York crowd. Gabe’s Call: Nover by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) Gabe’s Recommended Play: Nover (+175) All of my content and plays are free. Your support is greatly appreciated.