Cris Cyborg: Holly Holm Doesn’t Deserve de Randamie Rematch

Germaine de Randamie secured her spot in the history books as the first UFC women’s featherweight champion when she defeated former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm at UFC 208 on Feb. 11. It was a closely contested bout that also had a bit of controversy.

de Randamie landed punches after the bell in the second and third rounds of the title fight. Holm filed an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission requesting a “review of Referee Todd Anderson’s failure to deduct one or more points from Germaine de Randamie following her repeated strikes thrown after the horn sounded to end Rounds 2 and 3.”  Due to the controversy, de Randamie believes Holm deserves an immediate rematch. 

“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,” de Randamie posted on Facebook on Feb. 13. 

Cris CyborgSitting in attendance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the UFC 208 title fight was the top 145-pound female fighter in the world, Cris “Cyborg” Justino. UFC president Dana White recently admitted that the women’s featherweight division was created for Cyborg. The only reason Holm and de Randamie fought for the inaugural belt was because Cyborg didn’t want to fight in February.

In December, Cyborg was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation. Following a two-month investigation she was cleared of the anti-doping allegation after it was determined that a doctor prescribed medication was the cause of the positive test result. She was granted a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for the medication and was given the green light to accept a fight on Feb. 17.

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If she had her way, she would face de Randamie at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 3 for the 145-pound title.  de Randamie wants to give Holm a rematch, but Cyborg doesn’t think Holm deserves one. 

“I don’t think Holly Holm deserves the rematch now. I really don’t think so. I think Germaine won the fight,” Justino said while appearing on The MMA Hour.  “I think she should fight again and get a win. She fought Germaine for the belt and had two losses in a row. I don’t think the rematch is going to happen.

“I don’t think she deserves to fight again with Germaine.”

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