Former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie has been forced to withdraw from her return to 135 pounds at UFC Fight Night 115 due to a nagging hand injury.
MMAnytt confirmed the ailment on Friday following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. De Randamie was supposed to face Marion Reneau on the Sept. 2 card. Promotion officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Reneau.
The injury is reportedly the same one de Randamie initially referenced after she defeated Holly Holm via unanimous decision at UFC 208 to claim the inaugural 145-pound title in February. According to MMAnytt, “The Iron Lady” will likely require surgery.
The 33-year-old Netherlands native was stripped of the featherweight crown in June due to her unwillingness to fight then No. 1 contender Cristiane Justino. De Randamie previously released a statement through her management refusing to fight Justino because of concerns that “Cyborg” was a known steroid user. Justino went on to claim the vacant belt with a victory over Evinger at UFC 214 on July 29.
UFC Fight Night 115 takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands and is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov. The card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.