It’s not clear when Germaine de Randamie will fight again, but according to her manager, the UFC featherweight champ isn’t hanging up the gloves as rumoured.
De Randamie won the UFC’s first ever, women’s 145 title in February by working her way to a decision win over Holly Holm. Afterwards, de Randamie reported she needed surgery on her hand and was going to take a break. But, as outcry continued over two late punches she threw in the bout, de Randamie called for an immediate rematch with Holm (provided her hand injury wouldn’t prevent it).
Well, since then, however, we haven’t heard much from de Randamie. Cris “Cyborg” Justino has been campaigning for a bout with de Randamie, and it was rumoured the two were going to fight at UFC 214 on July 29th. Then more recently, Holm relayed that she heard de Randamie we considering retirement.
“Rumor has it that Germaine de Randamie wants to retire. I hope that isn’t true; She is a true warrior, however – I want my belt. Looking forward to a rematch!”
MMA Junkie, however, caught up with de Randamie’s manager, Brian Butler-Au, and he confirmed de Randamie isn’t retiring. The manager also, however, reportedly added the following:
“She’s got things going on at home and stuff going on at police academy,” Butler-Au said about de Randamie, who is also a police officer in the Netherlands. “The UFC’s aware of it, and we are working through it. That’s all I can say at the moment.”
So, here’s hoping de Randamie is able to defend the 145 belt in the not too distant future. Since the women’s featherweight division is so new, it would certainly help drive interest in the division if de Randamie is able to fight again somewhat soon. Especially if she takes on Cris “Cyborg”.