The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and recent women’s featherweight championship challenger Holly Holm has announced that she will officially appeal her UFC 208 title loss to Germaine de Randamie.
UFC 208 was a forgettable fight card for many reasons. Firstly, all bouts bar Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s first round submission win over Tim Boetsch finished on the scorecards, and pretty much every other contest, bar Dustin Poirier’s thrilling win over Jim Miller, failed to deliver on what should have been a joyous and historical night for the sport.
Several strange decisions were awarded over the night, and many seemed to be confused by the new MMA scoring system that has been implemented for the coming year. Perhaps no bout on the card generated more controversy, however, than the inaugural women’s featherweight title matchup between Holly Holm and the victor, Germaine de Randamie.
In what was a relatively mild affair, there was a lot of dispute over the decision made by referee Todd Anderson to allow the Dutchwoman de Randamie to land three illegal shots after the bell over the course of two separate round endings. Holm was clearly dazed by one of the shots but despite this, the fight went on with de Randamie unpunished and the decision went the Iron Lady’s way.
Now, in the fallout of her third consecutive defeat in MMA, Holly Holm has revealed that she plans to appeal the loss and specifically, the manner in which the referee Anderson handled the late strikes in both the second round and the third round.
“We respectfully request the commission review referee Anderson’s failure to assess a foul and render a decision regarding a point deduction following Round 2, and failure to assess a foul and a point deduction following Round 3, and determine an appropriate result.” (via MMAFighting)
Germaine de Randamie made a statement via her official Facebook page where she claimed she was not a dirty fighter and verbally agreed to grant Holm a rematch in the near future to settle the score. With Holm also pushing for a second outing and the future of Cris Cyborg still unclear, do not be surprised to see the UFC run this one back in the coming months.
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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Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena