Holm's UFC 208 Appeal Fails
Despite open criticism of referee Todd Anderson by UFC President Dana White after the controversial main event of UFC 208, Germaine de Randamie is still considered the winner and inaugural UFC women’s featherweight (145-pound) champion.
The fight was marred with alleged strikes after the end of both rounds two and three to the detriment of the challenger, Holly Holm. Holm’s three-fight losing streak since winning the women’s bantamweight (135-pound) title from Ronda Rousey is still intact.
“After a review of the video footage of the bout, the New York State Athletic Commission determined that there was no clear error or violation of statute or rule by Referee Todd Anderson,” an NYSAC official told MMAFighting.com. “Therefore, the scoring and outcome of the bout will not be modified.”
A right hand after the end of round two that is clearly visible (despite the commission’s ruling) had Holm reeling. De Randamie was only given a warning after the end of round three following the second alleged infraction. However, Holm and her team will pursue this matter no longer.
“A lot of people keep saying, well, she hit you after the bell, how do you feel? Well, I’m a fighter,” Holm said on the most recent edition of MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour. “I’m not going to sit here and whine about it and complain. There’s a lot of things I could have done…At least own it. She knows she did it on purpose and one of them definitely rocked me.”