Germaine de Randamie was offered a fight against Cris Cyborg at UFC 198, but turned down the match-up to compete on the UFC Fight Night Rotterdam card in her home country with her mother in attendance on Mother’s Day.
She earned a Performance of the Night bonus for her first-round stoppage of Anna Elmose on Sunday. On the heels of that victory, de Randamie still doesn’t want to shift her focus to Cyborg, she instead wants to make a run at the 135-pound title.
When asked if she would be interested in facing Cyborg during the Rotterdam post-fight press conference, de Randamie said it was a difficult question.
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“I would love to fight anybody, and Cyborg, of course. I respect her, and it’s an absolute challenge for me to fight her. But right now my focus is to bring the belt one day to Holland,” said the 32-year-old Dutch striker.
“The Iron Lady” is on a two-fight winning streak. Her only UFC loss is to title contender Amanda Nunes. While challenging fights are appealing, de Randamie has her sights set on UFC gold.
“I want to make a run for the title,” she said. “I feel ready. I have a great team behind me. Let’s do this. I’m ready.”
Cyborg makes her UFC debut on Saturday at UFC 198 against Leslie Smith in a catchweight fight at 140-pounds.
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