The UFC’s roll out of a women’s featherweight division continues to hit road blocks, as now champion Germaine de Randamie‘s reportedly said she wants to return to bantamweight…
De Randamie laid claim to the newly created title this past February, by earning a unanimous decision over Holly Holm. The fight was controversial, however, due to late shots de Randamie landed in the bout. The Dutch fighter proceeded to say she’d fight Holm again, but then it was reported de Randamie was dealing with personal issues. In addition, an injured hand that de Randamie reported immediately after her title win, was still a problem.
Well, more recently, de Randamie’s management announced on her behalf that she’s not interested in fighting Cris “Cyborg” Justino. According to her manager, de Randamie believes Justino is a cheater and will not fight the former Invicta FC 145 champ.
This prompted many to wonder what now? After all, de Randamie has yet to defend the featherweight title, and she’s not booked to fight. Well, according to a new report from Champions.co, de Randamie recently posted statements in her private Instagram account (in Dutch).
De Randamie says initially, she accepted a bout with Justino, but since the latter was informed of a potential anti-doping violation by USADA, the champ’s no longer interested in that bout (it should be added here that “Cyborg” received a retroactive, therapeutic exemption and was not sanctioned by USADA).
In addition, de Randamie reportedly stated this:
I work full time and irregularly, which takes a lot of time. In addition, there is still a lot of unclear about my hand. I have an appointment with the doctor on 14 June, and it will be decided whether or not to be operated. This option should also be considered for me because there is a great chance that my tendons / nerves can cause such damage that I could not use my hand more optimally.
During the negotiations on the battle with Holly Holm, I said in advance that after this fight I want to return to my natural weight class of 61 kilos. My task has not been completed yet
The UFC has promised me that this would be no problem and I can just return to my natural weight class.
This is why I am focusing on this moment.
So, ya. If de Randamie is in fact headed back to 135, then one would guess “Cyborg” will fight someone for the vacated 145 title. Depending, of course, on what happens as a result of Justino’s altercation with Angela Magana.