Holly Holm says she lost respect for Germaine de Randamie in UFC 208 fight and deserves a rematch
American believes Dutchwoman’s shots after the bell in rounds two and three were intentional and wants another crack at the featherweight championship
Holly Holm says she deserves a rematch with Germaine de Randamie after their controversial UFC 208 main event in Brooklyn.
De Randamie, the newly-crowned featherweight champion, secured a unanimous decision with the judges each scoring the five-round fight 48-47.
But the Dutchwoman received no points deduction from referee Todd Anderson despite landing shots after the bell in the second and third founds.
“I guess I’d say so,” Holm told a post-fight press conference at the Barclays Centre, when asked if she had lost respect for De Randamie.
“But it’s a fight. I know she’s not trying to be my friend, either. Next time, I’ll just be ready to throw back.”
Holm said the shots after the bell were the hardest ones De Randamie landed during the whole fight.
“Well, yeah,” she said, when asked if she thought the shots were intentional. “If it’s one shot after the bell after a combo, that’s an accident. But I still think I could have won the fight on my own.
“The fight could have gone either way. I felt like I had three rounds, but I also had her rocked twice and didn’t capitalise on it, and that’s my own fault.”
De Randamie was unable to attend the post-fight press conference having been taken to hospital for precautionary reasons, but had defended herself during an interview inside the octagon.
“It was an accident to hit her after the bell, it was never intentional,” she said. “It was just the heat of the moment. I am not that kind of fighter. Holly is a tremendous champion and I truly respect her, but I am a brawler and I love to fight.”
It was pointed out to Holm that 13 of the 22 media members in attendance tracked by MMADecisions.com believed she won the fight.
“I think it warrants a rematch,” Holm said. “When you have more than half the people saying the fight should have gone the other way, usually that warrants a rematch. So that would be awesome.”
But, having famously handed Ronda Rousey her first defeat in the UFC to claim the bantamweight title in November 2015, Holm has now suffered three losses in a row.
“I’m sitting in a spot where my last three fights, I’m 0-3, so I’ll take whatever they’ll give me,” Holm said of her next UFC fight.
UFC president Dana White laid the blame for the controversial decision at the feet of the Ney York State Athletic Commission.
“I feel like the ref from New York shouldn’t be reffing a main event fight,” White said on Fox Sports 1. “They don’t have enough experience. He should not have been in there. But, again, we don’t make those decisions. The commission does, and it was a bad decision by them. And if that guy takes a point for hitting after the bell, it’s a draw.”