The Ultimate Fighting Championship's inaugural women's featherweight champion insists she's not a dirty fighter.
Last Saturday at UFC 208, Germaine de Randamie earned three 48-47 scorecards to take a unanimous decision over former UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm to become the promotion's first women's 145-pound champion. However, the Dutchwoman's victory was not without controversy, as “The Iron Lady” rocked Holm after the horn sounded to end the second round, visibly rocking Holm. Just over five minutes later, de Randamie again landed a flurry of punches after the third round ended, sparking debate as to whether it was intentional and whether referee Todd Anderson should have taken a point from “The Iron Lady.”
Monday, de Randamie took to Facebook to explain herself, claiming the late blows were not intentional.
“I should be on the highest of highs right now but after my long flight home to Holland I couldn't stop thinking about the events that took place last night and some of the critics trying to take away what should be one of the greatest moments of my career,” wrote de Randamie.
“I have always trained to fight to the end or until the referee steps in. Never did I punch around or over the referee to deliver a cheap shot on Holly.”
While it is expected that the first defense of de Randamie's featherweight title will come against long-tenured women's star Cristiane Justino, the 32-year-old striker was adamant she was open to the idea of rematching Holm to set the record straight.
“I want to say right now that I think I owe it to the Holly [sic] and the fans to do this fight again to make sure that the winner of this historic belt is crystal clear.”