After the brouhaha surrounding the main event at UFC 208, newly-minted women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie is more than happy to give Holly Holm a rematch. In fact, she insists on it.
Capturing the women’s inaugural 145-pound title should’ve been one of the most joyous occasions in de Randamie’s mixed martial arts career. However, that was marred by the antics in the Octagon – some after bell smashing courtesy of “The Iron Lady” herself.
For her in-cage actions – walloping Holm after the horn sounded in the both the second and third rounds of their championship bout, Randamie has been vilified from all corners of the MMA sphere, and now finds herself at the centre of controversy.
Had Randamie been deducted a point, it’s safe to say the fight would’ve, and could’ve been scored a draw, or worse, Holm, instead of Randamie, would’ve been the one walking home with the 145-pound title in tow.
Be that as it may, an across-the-board scoring of 48-47 was enough to see Randamie crowned champ.
Now that the dust has somewhat settled and emotions subsided, the Dutch native took to Facebook to give her side of the story – intransigent that she’s not a dirty fighter.
“I should be on the highest of highs right now but after my long flight home to Holland I couldn’t stop thinking about the events that took place last night and some of the critics trying to take away what should be one of the greatest moments of my career,” wrote de Randamie.
“I have always trained to fight to the end or until the referee steps in. Never did I punch around or over the referee to deliver a cheap shot on Holly.”
“I want to say right now that I think I owe it to the Holly [sic] and the fans to do this fight again to make sure that the winner of this historic belt is crystal clear.”
It’s left to be seen whether Randamie (7-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) sticks to her pledge of proffering Holm (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) a rematch or not.
Nonetheless, she might not have a say in the rematch after all, especially if the UFC higher-ups decide that Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, or even reigning women’s bantamweight queenpin Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes get the next shot at the 145 belt.