De Randamie’s reasoning stems from the controversy surrounding her win at UFC 208 as Holm has now filed an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission alleging that a pair of strikes that happened after the end of a round on two occasions should have been punished thus possibly altering the outcome of the fight.
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That led to a fiery chain of responses from Cyborg on Twitter, who accused de Randamie of ducking her when she is undoubtedly the true No. 1 contender at 145-pounds.
“10 years unbeaten in MMA. No. 1 world ranking by ESPN and FOX Sports. You’re not a world champ until someone beats me and you know that!” Cyborg said on Twitter.
It’s tough to dispute Cyborg’s reasoning considering she’s been universally ranked as the best women’s fighter at 145-pounds for nearly a decade while running roughshod over virtually every competitor to step in the cage with her.
Cyborg was unable to compete for the inaugural UFC featherweight title after she endured a very arduous weight cut for her last fight in September before she was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance a few months later.
Cyborg has maintained her innocence in that matter due to her doctor prescribing the drug that was deemed illegal but she is currently applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption that she hopes will allow her to return to action sooner rather than later.
Of course, the final decision will ultimately come down to the UFC and there has been no word on who will end up getting the first crack at de Randamie when she defends her title later this year.