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Holly Holm loses in title fight by unanimous, unpopular decision

Holly Holm tries to avoid one-hit wonder status at UFC 208

UFC president Dana White took issue with referee Todd Anderson, whom he deemed inexperienced, being assigned to the UFC 208 main event Saturday night.

"It was a close fight", de Randamie said.

Following Rounds 2 and 3, Germaine de Randamie landed combinations following the horn to signal the end of the frame.

It occurred again after the next round, and yet no point was taken away from Randamie.

There was controversy in the main event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center at the end of the second and third rounds. "That's kind of normal. If that guy takes a point for hitting after the bell, it's a draw - the only possible way this night could be any more (expletive)".

'If they see that as points for her then what can you do? My apologies to Holly and her camp if they think I did it intentionally because that was absolutely NOT the case.

Nine of the 10 fights went to the judges' scorecards and there were few moments of genuine excitement. A right hand buckled Holm's knees after the second-round bell and the late third-round punches brought roars of protest from the crowd.

Holm was asked after the fight if she felt that the late blows were on objective and she didn't pull any punches.

"It was intentional and after the bell and those were some of her best shots of the night", Holm said.

That's ridiculous, and the public has the right to know what on earth the judge saw that the rest of us apparently missed. I truly respect her. "What can you do?"

Now, coping with the huge backlash to her victory, De Randamie has released a statement on the controversial win while also announcing that she would like to grant Holly Holm a rematch in her next fight.

De Randamie, 32, is now set up to face rising UFC star Cris "Cyborg" Justino in her first featherweight defense later this year.

She bemoaned the fact that she couldn't follow up on two punches that rocked De Randamie, and expressed regret over wasting time by pressing De Randamie to the cage. It was in the heat of the moment. "I have nothing but respect for Holly and the UFC, and because of that I want to say right now that I think I owe it to Holly and the fans to do this fight again to make sure the victor of this historic belt is crystal clear".

And that she did on Saturday against Holm, a former boxing champion.

In the lead-up to their showdown later today, de Randamie said she gained confidence from her knockout win over Tom Waes in Europe, highlights of which have resurfaced online in recent days. "I wouldn't be surprised if they turned around and said they're not going to do it anymore".

With Cyborg and De Randamie on ice Anderson, whose signing to the UFC is a fait accompli if the organisation is serious in creating a featherweight division, called out Holly Holm on Twitter.

Champion Jose Aldo will take on interim champ Max Holloway in the main event. But a recently failed drug test put Cyborg on ice, so, well, here we are.