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Newly crowned UFC champ de Randamie: ‘I never threw any cheap shots’ at Holly Holm

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Germaine de Randamie fires back at people calling her a dirty fighter for hitting Holly Holm after the bell.

UFC 208: Holm v Randamie Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images

Although UFC 208 was Germaine de Randamie’s finest achievement and the highlight of her MMA career, her championship win over Holly Holm has elicited controversy from the fight community.

Randamie, who became the first ever UFC women’s featherweight champion after beating Holm via unanimous decision at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, struck ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ on two separate occasions after the bell.

‘The Iron Lady’ wobbled Holm with a hard right hand after the end of the second round and continued to attack the former women’s bantamweight champ after the buzzer sounded at the end of the third round. Referee Todd Anderson was late to step in on both occasions.

Holm will be appealing the loss to the New York State Athletic Commission but Randamie contests that she never threw any ‘dirty shots’ and didn’t intentionally mean to strike her opponent after the bell.

“I never threw any dirty shots,” de Randamie said during a conference call on Thursday, per MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle. “I never threw any cheap shots around the referee. As soon as he stepped in and put his arm in, I stopped. Of course, I try to hear the bell and stop, but sometimes when you’re in the heat of the moment you’re in the fight. You get hit, you hit somebody.”

“It was never intentional,” de Randamie continued. “That’s what upsets me so much. People try to say I’m a dirty fighter. I’m not a dirty fighter. It really hurts me when people say that. I never had any bad intentions, I truly respect Holly. I respect the UFC. I respect Holly’s camp.”

De Randamie says that, if the reason Holm thinks she lost was because of the late strikes, she should accept her offer for an immediate rematch. The 32-year-old believes the NYSAC will make the right decision.

“If Holly believes the point deductions are the reason she lost the fight, and she’s looking to make it a no-contest or a draw, she should simply put out the offer for a rematch I put out,” de Randamie said. “If she feels that way there’s nothing I can say much about. I respect everyone’s opinion, I truly do. I believe I was the fair winner, I believe I had the better shots, I believe I dominated the standup. I understand Holly is sad she lost the fight. I’m sad certain occasions happened during the fight that was not in my plan and not intentional. ... I believe justice will be served and the athletic commission will make the right decision.”

De Randamie is a decorated Dutch kickboxer and sports a professional MMA record of 7-3. The newly-crowned FW champion has a loss to current BW champ, Amanda Nunes, and ‘The Lioness’ has said she wants to win belts in both weight classes.