Reebok payouts for UFC 208: 'Holm vs de Randamie' total $215000

  • Reebok payouts for UFC 208: 'Holm vs de Randamie' total $215000

Reebok payouts for UFC 208: 'Holm vs de Randamie' total $215000

"My last three fights, I'm 0-3", Holm said.

Don't get me wrong, I was very much interested in seeing Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm tangle on Saturday night and watched the event from start to finish, enjoying most of the show, but I'm a insane person who can find enjoyment in mediocre fights because I'm always thinking about narratives and angles and the ripple effect each outcome produces two, three fights down the road.

Afterwards De Randamie apologised for the "heat of the moment" punches.

Germaine de Randamie (L) connects with a right hand on Holly Holm thrown after the bell to end the second round of their featherweight title fight Saturday in the main event of UFC 208.

It was an off-night, for sure, and certainly not the sort of night the UFC was looking for in its second foray into the New York City market. De Randamie is under no obligation to stop fighting until the referee steps in and the judges can only dock points if they are informed to do so.

Whether intentional or not, the late fouls should have resulted in an automatic point deduction for de Randamie. "If Cris Cyborg is the one I have to fight, I'll fight her". But, yes, it's after the bell. "You know, but I don't think [the rematch] is gonna happen".

"I can guarantee you they can build this division in no time", Holm said before the bout. Justino is still the official Invicta champion, even though she hasn't fought for the organization since January 2016. It won't be like the bantamweight division, where Rousey dominated by winning her first six fights with five of those wins coming in the first round - all that before she fought Holm in Australia.

"The Preacher's Daughter" had her best moment in Round 3 when a left kick to the head dropped de Randamie to a knee. "I don't like the way she did it, though". She's pissed off at herself because she knows she had her hurt. "That was stupid, I should've gone after it". Following losses to Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and now de Randamie, it's unclear where the former boxing champion goes.

She went on to say that a showdown with terrifying Brazilian powerhouse Cris Cyborg, the woman the 145 division was seemingly created for, would have to wait until after she received surgery for torn ligaments in her hand sustained during her fight with Larissa Pacheco.

"It wasn't meant for me to hit her after the bell", the Netherlands native said.

Holm tried repeatedly to grapple De Randamie to the ground but failed to land any of her takedown attempts, though she rocked the kickboxer with a headkick towards the end of the third round.

A co-main event between Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson also highlights what is a strong card. While it is expected that the first defense of de Randamie's featherweight title will come against long-tenured women's star Cristiane Justino, the 32-year-old striker was adamant she was open to the idea of rematching Holm to set the record straight. "I want my career to be defined by me being the best fighter I can be and accomplishing the biggest things I can, and whatever competition comes in front of me".