Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

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

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

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Unfortunately for the UFC's first true megastar, it all went horribly wrong, the champion finishing her in just 48 seconds.

While the fixation on Rousey and Cyborg is expected, it detracts from the championship fight about to take place and makes its participants appear to be of secondary importance - or tertiary in the case of de Randamie, who has been treated like an also-ran whose story isn't worth telling in advance of this contest, despite the fact she's a decorated kick-boxer with serious power and now a slight favourite with the bookies. Holm is not going to beat her in the clinch and she's not going to shoot takedowns, so how exactly does she win this fight?

A week or two after the announcement, Justino was flagged for an anti-doping violation and the UFC's booking decision made a lot more sense, but the initial outcry stuck with de Randamie. I know she had a year off but it was a year off and back into a title fight.

That's why Holm has changed her mindset going into UFC 208 because something was clearly off the last time she stepped into the Octagon to face Shevchenko. While she lost her first title defense and is on a two fight losing streak, she has fought solid competition, in the UFC, with a very capable Marion Reneau being her lowest ranked opponent in the promotion. Holm's opponent, Germaine de Randamie is still at home in Holland working on her striking and takedowns.

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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). And when they first started 135-pound division it was a title fight with Ronda coming over. It is pressure. I want to use it as good motivation. "I fought a man who had 40 pounds over me, and I knocked him out".

"That was the first takedown I've ever gone for in a fight, and I can guarantee that the Megan Anderson of today would steamroll Cindy Dandois, but I've got my eyes firmly on the UFC". If she can knock off Holm and steal a little of her spotlight on Saturday, that stardom could extend far beyond Dutch borders.

Saturday, the UFC finally gets around to crowning a women's featherweight champion, but Justino won't be a part of the festivities. This is easily the most high-profile fight of her time in combat sports. "But I'm ready. If I fought men, I can fight Holly".

"I was planning on staying for two weeks to train afterwards and after a week they said if I wanted to, I could live and train there full-time and I just said OK".

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. I believe we're going to make an exciting fight. "With Miesha Tate, I was winning until I got choked out".

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