Germaine de Randamie may be the new – and first-ever – UFC women’s featherweight champion, but it’s become clear that she’s feeling the pressure of the controversy surrounding her win over Holly Holm in the main event of last weekend’s (Sat., February 11, 2017) UFC 208 from Brooklyn, New York.
After a majority of the MMA community believed de Randamie should have been docked at least one point after hitting Holm after the bell in the second and third rounds, Holm suggested those shots were the hardest she felt all night, and understandably requested an immediate rematch.
De Randamie soon apologized, but apparently that isn’t enough in her eyes. While she’s supposedly headed for surgery to fix a hand ligament issue that’s been hampering her for a few fights, she offered an immediate rematch to Holm through an Instagram post from her management company Sucker Punch Entertainment today:
Conventional wisdom obviously dictates that the next shot at de Randamie’s belt will go to Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, the one woman who most feel is head and shoulders above the rest of the shallow women’s 145-pound fray.
But with “Cyborg” currently facing an uncertain USADA suspension situation – even if she is rumored to be cleared – the UFC may find itself with no choice but to book a rematch between de Randamie and Holm.
Taking into account the all-out criticism of UFC 208 as a whole, that fight might be best served as a co-main event rather than a pay-per-view (PPV) headliner.