Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie fought for the inaugural UFC featherweight championship on Saturday night. The fight ended with a somewhat controversial decision that saw de Randamie hand Holm her third straight loss, which is somewhat shocking considering the ease with which Holm handled former female kingpin Ronda Rousey in November 2015.
The controversy stems from a pair of strikes that de Randamie landed after the bell in rounds two and three. The late shot in the second round was especially damaging, as it appeared to rock Holm who struggled for a split second to maintain her balance.
Referee Todd Anderson declined to deduct a point from de Randamie, and after the event Holm said she was surprised at the decision.
“She hit hard shots,” Holm said, according to MMAFighting’s Dave Doyle. “She hit hard shots after the bell, those are the hardest shots I felt the whole entire fight.
“A lot of times, the first one they give a warning, that’s kind of normal. I wouldn’t expect them to take a point after the first one, even though it was intentional. The second time, at that point you think they’d do something.”
If Anderson had have deducted a point, the fight would have ended in a draw. Even UFC commentator Joe Rogan was surprised the referee didn’t punish de Randamie after the second incident. Holm believes that the circumstances are enough to warrant an immediate rematch, and she said as much to reporters.
“I think it merits a rematch. When you have more than half the people saying the fight should go the other way, that warrants a rematch, so, that would be awesome.”
On Monday, de Randamie took to social media to defend herself. She insisted the late blows were not intentional and that she would gladly give Holm a rematch, if that’s what the UFC decides.
UFC champ Germaine de Randamie insists she’s not a dirty fighter and says she wants to give Holly Holm a rematch to clear all controversy. pic.twitter.com/Aowm2TmjSk
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