Holly Holm believes De Randemie’s punches after the bell were intentional. And now wants another shot at the newly crowned featherweight champ their controversial main event at UFC 208.
“I think it warrants a rematch,” Holm told MMAjunkie at Barclays Center, which hosted the pay-per-view event Saturday in Brooklyn. “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.”
The question is whether she’ll get her wish after a lackluster fight and unanimous decision loss. In an action-light affair, judges returned 48-47 scores for de Randamie.
Working in Holm’s favor is the close scores, which brought heavy criticism on referee Todd Anderson’s decision not to deduct points from de Randamie’s post-buzzer punches in the second and third rounds.
Holm believes the strikes were intentional and said they were the hardest de Randamie landed over five rounds. She blames herself, however, for not “capitalizing in two situations where she had her opponent hurt.”
“Well, yeah (it was intentional),” she said. “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.”
Asked whether she’d lost respect for de Randamie, Holm said, “I guess I’d say so, but it’s still a fight. I know she’s not trying to be my friend, either. Next time, I’ll just be ready to throw back.”
Holm thinks the fight began to turn in the third round, when she landed a head kick late in the frame before de Randamie’s second illegal blow. She believed that the championship rounds should have been awarded to her corner.
Check out the video below where Holly tells MMAJunkie her thoughts on De Randemie and the rest of the fight: