Germaine de Randamie
33-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 7-3-0
August 29, 2017 Germaine de Randamie News
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De Randamie has been removed from UFC Rotterdam due to injury, and will be replaced on the card by newcomer Talita Oliveira.
De Randamie's tumultuous run with the UFC has just hit another roadblock. After picking up a controversial win over Holly Holm to be crowned the inaugural women's featherweight champion, she was later stripped of her belt for refusing to fight Cris Cyborg. "The Iron Lady" then decided to return to the 135-pound division, but is now a late withdrawal for her first scheduled bantamweight bout since May 2016. The announcement did not specify the type of injury de Randamie suffered, nor did it disclose a timetable for a return. She had been dealing with a hand injury for months leading up to UFC Rotterdam, but there hasn't yet been any indication that it is the cause for the recent withdrawal.
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Fantasy AnalysisNearly one month removed from having her featherweight title stripped by the UFC, de Randamie will now be booked for another matchup. "Iron Lady" was crowned the inaugural women's featherweight champion after a controversial win over Holly Holm at UFC 208, but never went on to defend that belt. A hand injury had been in play, but regardless of health, her refusal to fight No. 1 contender Cris Cyborg ultimately cost her the strap. Now ready for the next phase of her career, de Randamie has a long road ahead to the top of the 135-pound division, which will start with the No. 11-ranked contender in Reneau. It's a good opportunity for de Randamie to get back on track, as Reneau is 40 years old and sports a 1-2-1 record in her last four bouts. They share a common opponent in Holm, who Reneau lost to via decision in July of 2015. Meanwhile in the featherweight division, Cyborg will take on Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 on July 29 -- a match that will crown the division's new champion.
Fantasy AnalysisDe Randamie claimed the inaugural women's featherweight title February after defeating Holly Holm at UFC 208, but her unwillingness to take on the No.1 contender in the division prompted the organization to revoke the Dutch-born fighter's title "in order to maintain the integrity of the sport." Though she likely would have been an underdog had she agreed to fight Cyborg while at full strength, de Randamie's hand injury may have been the deciding factor in her choice to dodge the match with Cyborg. With de Randamie out of the mix, Cyborg will take on the No. 3-ranked Megan Anderson for the second title in the weight class' history as a co-main event at UFC 214 on July 29.
Fantasy AnalysisDe Randamie has been dealing with a nagging hand injury, which has led her to consider surgery in advance of a rumored fight against Cris Cyborg. It is unlikely that "The Iron Lady" will be able to compete in what could have been her first title defense this July. Instead, De Randamie could be pushed back until the fourth quarter of 2017. If that turns out to be the case, the UFC may force her to vacate her featherweight championship.
Fantasy AnalysisDe Randamie appears to have re-injured an old hand ailment during her UFC 208 fight against Holly Holm, where she picked up the inaugural women's bantamweight title. She did go to the hospital following her victory, but reports at the time seemed to indicate that this was due to concussion symptoms and not the hand issue. If any type of surgery is needed, there's a chance the UFC's latest new champion could be on the shelf again for several months. From there, the next step is scheduling her first title defense, whether it's a rematch against Holm or a date with Cris Cyborg, provided the latter clears up her USADA situation.
Fantasy AnalysisDe Randamie reported some slight headaches following her bout with Holm, so she was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Everything seemed to check out OK, however, so it doesn't appear the new featherweight champion sustained any serious injuries. Though de Randamie picked up the decision victory, she certainly didn't get away unscathed, as Holm applied constant pressure and connected flush with a big head kick at the end of the third round. She'll likely need at least a few months to recover before defending her title against Cris Cyborg -- provided Cyborg is granted exemption from her recent USADA violation.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile GDR is a deserving champion, this victory will do nothing to dispel the fact that she is a kickboxer and not much more. De Randamie clearly landed the harder, more effective strikes. She easily backed up Holm during their exchanges and did a good job of stuffing whatever token takedown attempts Holm threw her way. She also scored with two big shots after the bell at the end of both Rounds 2 and 3 -- shots that were both illegal and should have resulted in a point deduction from referee Todd Anderson, who had a rough, rough night. De Randamie also appeared to tire a bit as the fight progressed, which will be an issue moving forward considering she will be competing in five-round fights for as long as she is champion. Any fighter worth her salt is going to try to grapple de Randamie. If an opponent is foolish enough to get into a Muay Thai fight with her, they deserve what they have coming. GDR fought well, but the prevailing wisdom is that she is nothing more than a placeholder for the newly created UFC Women's Featherweight Championship. Cris Cyborg is coming for her title at some point in the near future, and de Randamie is going to be an overwhelming underdog for that contest.
Fantasy AnalysisDe Randamie and Holm will square off at 145 pounds, representing the first title bout in the UFC women's featherweight division. There is some surprise that Cris "Cyborg" Justino, who has been campaigning for a 145-pound title fight for years, is not included in the fight, but she is recovering from a difficult weight cut in December and doesn't believe she'd be ready for UFC 208 on Feb. 11. De Randamie is 3-1 in her UFC career.
Fantasy AnalysisFighting in front of her hometown crowds, de Randamie couldn't have looked any better. The crowd was behind her in a way that you rarely see at UFC events these days and The Iron Lady responded in a big way. Add in the fact that it was de Randamie's first bout in nearly 14 months and the performance was even more impressive. de Randamie is now 3-1 in the UFC and her only loss was to Amanda Nunes who is going to fight for the women's bantamweight title against Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July. de Randamie's ultimate ceiling is almost certainly rather limited, but there are plenty of women that she can beat.
Fantasy AnalysisThere's no word what type of injury de Randamie suffered or how long she will be out. UFC officials are looking for a new opponent for Kaufman, a sign that they hope to plan to keep her on the card. de Randamie is coming off a TKO win over Larissa Pacheco in March, while Kaufman was submitted by Alexis Davis in her last fight in April.
Fantasy Analysisde Randamie is coming off her best effort in the UFC, a TKO win over Larissa Pacheco in March. Facing the experienced Kaufman will be a much stiffer test. It's a great opportunity for "The Iron Lady". Kaufman is ranked as a top-five fighter and de Randamie will have a chance to fly up the rankings if she can pull off the upset.