UFC 208 took place last night at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, as Germaine de Randamie, the highly decorated 16-time World Muay Thai champion, controversially beat Holy Holm via unanimous decision to claim the first women’s featherweight title.
After the introductions were done, the first women’s featherweight title fight got underway. Both fighters opened tentatively throwing single shots from the outside as Holm continuously circled to avoid de Randamie squaring her up and unloading. The Dutch fighter landed the better strikes of the two and stuffed a late takedown attempt by Holm at the end of the opening first five minutes.
In round two, Holm’s striking from the outset was landing short and de Randamie continually landed stiff counters to rock back her opponent’s head and punish her. The end of the second round was full of controversy when de Randamie clocked Holm with a brutal punch way after the round had come to a close and buckled her legs as she staggered back to the corner.
Holm answered the bell for the third round, but she continued tentatively as de Randamie probed forward looking for opportunities to punish her with single pot shots. A clinch against the cage saw Holm attempt a takedown, but de Randamie was wise to it and broke away easily landing a punch on the break.
Controversy again followed at the end of the third with Holm enjoying her brightest spot in the fight to land a fierce head kick. De Randamie responded again by throwing another punch that clipped Holm again after the bell had clearly sounded. The fans booed and the commentator urged the referee to take a point, but de Randamie went unpunished yet again.
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Round four opened with Holm dictating the fight as she pushed de Randamie back against the cage twice. Holm tried desperately to get the takedown, but the Dutchwoman resisted and managed to break away landing a knee as she did.
The final round began tentatively with both women sensing they were close on the cards. Holm scored the first significant strike of the round with a big left hand, but she again attempted to take de Randamie down up against the cage and failed. The fight closed out with both women trading strikes until the final few seconds with both their faces bloodied.
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After a brief wait, it was announced that all three judges scored the bout 48-47 in favor of the UFC’s first Dutch champion since Bas Rutten, Germaine de Randamie. Not everyone in attendance liked the result and Joe Rogan on commentary was quick to point out that had the referee deducted a point like he should’ve done at the end of round three, then the fight would have been a draw.
De Randamie celebrated with her team after with the UFC belt strapped around her waist.
|UFC 208 results|
|Germaine de Randamie*||Holly Holm||Unanimous decision|
|Anderson Silva||Derek Brunson||Unanimous decision|
|Jacare Souza||Tim Boetsch||First-round submission (Kimura)|
|Glover Teixeira||Jared Cannonier||Unanimous decision|
|Dustin Poirer||Jim Miller||Majority decision|
|* De Randamie became the first women’s featherweight champion|