Germaine de Randamie Returns to Bantamweight, Faces Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 115

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 20, 2017

After capturing the UFC’s inaugural featherweight championship, Germaine de Randamie will return to bantamweight for her next Octagon appearance.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced Thursday that “The Iron Lady” will face Marion Reneau in a 135-pound clash at UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 2. The event takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam and is headlined by a heavyweight tilt between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov.

De Randamie won featherweight gold with a unanimous decision triumph over Holly Holm at UFC 208 on Feb. 11. Shortly thereafter, she balked at defending the belt against No. 1 contender Cristiane Justino, claiming that the Brazilian was a known steroid user. As a result, the UFC stripped de Randamie of her crown in June, and now “Cyborg” and Tonya Evinger will vie for the vacant belt at UFC 214 on July 29. The Dutchwoman has been victorious in four of her five Octagon appearances.

Reneau, meanwhile, is coming off a majority draw against former bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 106 on March 11. “The Belizean Bruiser” owns a 3-2-1 promotional mark, with triumphs over Milana Dudieva, Jessica Andrade and Alexis Dufresne.


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