UFC News: Germaine de Randamie Prioritizing Holly Holm Rematch

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 02/16/17 11:20PM EST

Recent UFC news revolves around new women's featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie, whose title-winning performance at UFC 208 is marred in controversy. The former kickboxer already explained herself regarding the strikes after the bell and now she expects a rematch with Holly Holm. 

Last Saturday, De Randamie defeated Holm via unanimous decision. However, she drew flak for throwing punches after the bell sounded after the second and third rounds. One of those blows wobbled Holm but the referee did not take a point  away, which could have altered the outcome of the fight. 

De Randamie quickly addressed the issue and offered Holm a rematch. The former women's bantamweight champ, on the other hand, recently appealed the loss and is waiting for the review and decision by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC). 

ESPN reported that on Thursday, De Randamie again spoke about the issue. She thinks a Holm rematch is up next for her and she is looking forward to it. This is despite the possibility that the No. 1 contender for her belt, Brazil's Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino gets the next shot. Cyborg was originally scheduled to compete for the championship but tested positive for a banned substance. 

"I definitely think [a rematch is next]. Especially with everything going on right now -- even though I might have to step out for a little bit to get my hand fixed -- I believe if [Holm] is up for it, we can do the rematch," De Randamie stated according to ESPN. The Dutch fighter also denied that she is evading a fight versus Cyborg and said she is ready to face anyone. 

At this point, it is uncertain what is next for De Randamie. If Cyborg gets cleared from a possible one-year suspension, then she is next in line for a title shot. Holm is still in the title picture but she might need to beat another contender before getting a second chance at the belt. 

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