Newcomer De Randamie says 'nobody will forget me' after Holm fight

10 February, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Felix Jensen

The American Olympian was a wrecking-ball blitzing her way through the bantamweight division prior to her clash with Holm, but in defeat, via a brutal kick to the neck that left her flat on her back, her air of invincibility was shattered forever.

Nearly one month ago, Megan Anderson became the first Australian fighter to hold a title in a major global MMA organisation with a blistering second-round knockout of Charmaine Tweet to claim the Invicta interim featherweight title vacated by Cris Cyborg. I don't know how much she changed in there with training. She also scored a TKO victory with punches 2:02 into the second round. Last December, she was flagged for a potential violation of the UFC's drug-testing policy, administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and is now disputing it.

With losses in her last two fights, Holm doesn't carry quite the same invincible aura as Rousey did in late-2015, but the exposure she gained by knocking off the then-undefeated champion at UFC 193 mean there's little question she's the star of Saturday night's show at the Brooklyn Centre.

And de Randamie? You'll be excused if you're asking "who?" since she has nearly exclusively been a dark match fighter during her up-and-down career in the UFC.

Back in the Netherlands, kickboxing is king - or queen - and de Randamie's career in the sport made her a superstar.

In the event Ms. Holm wins at UFC 208, she will make history as the first female fighter to win titles in multiple UFC divisions and fourth ever in the promotion's history, joining legends Randy Couture (heavyweight and light heavyweight), BJ Penn (welterweight and lightweight) and Conor McGregor (featherweight and lightweight). Coming off a knockout, Ronda or anybody else - I'm not saying it's just her, it's just fighters - you come off from a knockout. So de Randamie, the only UFC bantamweight who had been openly campaigning to fight at 145 as of late, who's lacking in name value to say the least, got the nod.

"So one of the biggest things I have to do is stay focused and I've always said that's one of the hardest things to do it fighting is staying focused from beginning to end without letting your opponent get in your head, without letting your own thoughts get the best of you". Everybody says I have a lengthy background in boxing - well she has more Muay Thai fights than I have in boxing, so I know I'm up against somebody who has had a lot of experience.

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At Wednesday's media day at the Barclays Center, de Randamie also took time to explain how exactly she became one of the headliners for UFC 208.

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That said, many of those competing Saturday night have had some big-time performances in recent years - the sort of outings that could warrant your money come fight night.

In the days after the fight was announced, Justino was understandably furious that she wasn't offered the title shot after spending the better part of a half-decade dominating everyone at that weight. Even the champ is a bit scared, but I'm grateful they are.

"If her and Nunes fought before Ronda and I fought, I do feel like that fight would have gone longer than it did, I really do".

There's a perception - real or imagined - the Bisping is running from the middleweight elite, and for a veteran with nearly 10 years of UFC experience, that's just not what fighting's about. "With Miesha Tate, I was winning until I got choked out".

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