Last Saturday at UFC 208, Germainede Randamie earned three 48-47 scorecards to take a unanimousdecision over former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm tobecome the promotion’s first women’s 145-pound champion. However,the Dutchwoman’s victory was not without controversy, as “The IronLady” rocked Holm after the horn sounded to end the second round,visibly rocking Holm. Just over five minutes later, de Randamieagain landed a flurry of punches after the third round ended,sparking debate as to whether it was intentional and whetherreferee Todd Anderson should have taken a point from “The IronLady.”
Monday, de Randamie took to Facebook to explain herself , claiming the late blows were notintentional.
“I should be on the highest of highs right now but after my longflight home to Holland I couldn’t stop thinking about the eventsthat took place last night and some of the critics trying to takeaway 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 refereesteps in. Never did I punch around or over the referee to deliver acheap shot on Holly.”
While it is expected that the first defense of de Randamie’sfeatherweight title will come against long-tenured women’s star CristianeJustino , the 32-year-old striker was adamant she was open tothe idea of rematching Holm to set the record straight.
“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 ofthis historic belt is crystal clear.”