De Randamie defeats Holm via unanimous decision.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 15,268 (highest grossing sports event in arena history), Germaine ‘IronLady’ De Randamie wins the inaugural Women’s Featherweight title.
The 32-year-old Dutch kickboxer won by unanimous decision — 48-47 on each judge’s card — in the main event at UFC 208 on Saturday night to become the first featherweight champion in the woman’s division.
Germaine de Randamie landed more and thwarted Holly Holm’s wrestling advances to secure the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title by unanimous decision, 48-47, 48-47, 48-47. De Randamie landed at a 76 percent clip and out-struck Holm, 144-122 overall and 80-77 in significant strikes. Holm attempted nine takedowns in the fight and wasn’t able to finish a single one. GDR tagged Holm at the end of the second round and it appeared to come after the horn. Holm staggered on her way back to her corner and looked to clinch whenever the chance presented itself after that. De Randamie now stands to face the longtime uncrowned featherweight queen Cris Cyborg, who attended UFC 208 in Brooklyn. (courtesy of ufc.com)
Germaine De Randamie:
“It was a close fight. She caught me in the third round. It was a good kick but you won’t knock me out that way and I kept coming. She didn’t want to fight me but I am a warrior and I came here to fight. It was an accident to hit her after the bell, it was never intentional. It was just the heat of the moment. I am not that kind of fighter. Holly is a tremendous champion and I truly respect her but I am a brawler and I love to fight. I want to fight everybody and I will fight anybody so we will see who is next. I want to thank my team and the fans in Brooklyn, who have been amazing to me. Thank you very much.”
— UFC (@ufc) February 12, 2017