Originally posted on MMATorch.com on 02-19-2017
Should UFC book a de Germaine vs. Holly Holm rematch in light of the late punches, or should the priority be for Holly to get another win first and trying to book de Randamie vs. Cyborg?
MICHAEL GROCKE, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I think Holly Holm got a raw deal in her fight against GDR at UFC 208. It was a failure by the NYSAC on multiple levels. I won’t even get into the travesty that was the scoring for the Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson fight since it isn’t the topic for this discussion.
For Todd Anderson to allow Germaine de Randamie to land punches after the horn sounded at the end of the second round, and then again after the end of the third round without penalty, was inexcusable. Holm was clearly rocked from the shots that landed after the rounds had ended and, in my opinion, it had an effect on the outcome of the fight. GDR won the fight with scores of 48-47, 48-47, 48-47. Had Anderson done his job and deducted a point from GDR, we are now looking at a draw. Fight results aside, Anderson’s main priority is looking out for the health and welfare of the fighters inside that cage. There again is where he failed.
With that rant out of the way, I don’t want to see a rematch… yet. While I think Holm deserves a rematch, I’m tired of the UFC holding up divisions with rematches and fights that take place outside of the champion’s division. Now that Cyborg is cleared to fight, she should be next up to fight de Randamie. In the meantime, Holly can take another fight and work her way back to a title shot.
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