Germaine De Randamie was crowned the inaugural woman’s featherweight champion at UFC 208 after a unanimous decision win over Holly Holm, but due to a couple of controversial moments in the fight ‘The Iron Lady’ is now calling for an immediate rematch.

De Randamie landed punches after the bell in the second round that appeared to rock Holm, and then landed in similar fashion at the end of the third round too, but the referee opted not to deduct a point – a decision that’s been widely criticized since.

That’s prompted the new champion to release a statement making it clear that the illegal strikes were not intentional, and that she has no problem running the fight back.

“Woke up yesterday to a lot of support and a lot of controversy,” De Randamie wrote. “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. I want to say that it was a heated battle with lots of emotion but I am not a dirty fighter. 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 have nothing but respect for Holly and the UFC. And because of that I want to say right now that I think I owe it to Holly and the fans to do this fight again to make sure that the winner of this historic belt is crystal clear. Holly, let’s do this again.”

Holm had previously stated at the post-fight press conference that she believed she’d done enough to win the fight anyway, and together with what she believed to be intentional punches thrown after the bell it left her believing that a rematch was warranted.

UFC officials might not be quite so enthusiastic about the idea, however, given that nobody had shown much of an appetite for their first meeting, and the UFC 208 headliner proved to be one of the most disappointing title fights in recent memory.

De Randamie had indicated post-fight that she requires hand surgery before her next fight, and the UFC had Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino at Octagon-side on Saturday night, suggesting that they want her to fight the new champion next.

That all hinges on whether ‘Cyborg’ is successfully able to get past a recent drug-test issue, which is something UFC president Dana White appeared to be optimistic about in conversations with the media late last week.

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  1. Oh come on.
    Holly Holm lost her last three fights. She does not deserve a title shot again.
    I agree, nobody wanted to see the this fight in the first place so there should be no
    reason to make us sit through this again.

  2. There will be always a question mark about who won this fight between Holm and De Randamie! Did those late strikes in round 2 and round 3 influence the judges in favor of De Randamie? There were some strange judging going on in some of the earlier fights. This commission used a referee that just didn’t have the kind of ring experience of some of our more experience referees. Would that had made a difference? There is just way to many possibilities and there aren’t a lot of people happy about this fight and will not build into a better situation with Cyborg coming into such a messed up fight next. Cyborg already has credibility issues for herself. Let’s get this right and clean up Holm and De Randamie first which will make for a better fight when Cyborg comes into this picture. This also gives time to Megan Anderson 6′ 145 lbs (Invicta fc) to possibly get into this picture. Anderson is a ever improving stand up fighter who is better on the ground then both Holm and De Randamie. Having the rematch also will push Holm and De Randamie to push it to that next level. We all saw the early superior striking from De Randamie and we saw Holm wanting to get to clinch with double under hooks and take De Randamie down. Holm showed poor execution. If Holm had completed inside or outside trips in those clinch positions then this fight would have dramatically changed. IMO, the Jackson Wink team will be extremely happy for this rematch. They will have much more options to change the out come of the next fight. De Randamie was getting the best of Holm in the first 2 rounds but even with that success Holm was pushing De Randamie and Germaine was slowing down. That is why Holly striking was getting through in later rounds. De Randamie will know now that Jackson Wink team will be focused on changing Holm attack patterns and also directed to taking De Randamie down with better execution. Holm demonstrated that she can handle De Randamie strikes, even after those late strikes and still push the fight. This will build confidence in Holly to execute her take downs. The rematch will be more decisive and set up a potential blockbuster fight with Cyborg. The bigger potential threat to Cyborg, the better outcome for the UFC. Personally, I see Holm as the bigger threat if she is confident. Both Holm and De Randamie have the early striking but Cyborg will have the easier time taking De Randamie down. Holm has the cardio and foot work to push this into later rounds. Holm has enough physical strength to survive and clinch position with Cyborg, then this could be a very interesting fight in the later rounds. Cyborg isn’t a shooting style wrestler. It could be very tiring for Cyborg to clinch Holm in round 3,4 and 5 after chasing Holm. This is the fight that I would like the see.