The New York State Athletic Commission has denied Holly Holm’s appeal of her unanimous decision loss to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm’s appeal to have her controversial UFC 208 loss to Germaine de Randamie overturned was unsuccessful. The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) confirmed to MMA Fighting that Holm’s appeal has been denied.
“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.”
Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s manager, later told MMAjunkie that “the NYSAC acknowledged that de Randamie did commit fouls during the bout, and that referee Anderson was not in position to stop a late punch after the third round. Still, the commission said it was unable to overturn the official result.”
Holm lost 48-47 on all three judges’ scorecards, and the appeal was seeking a retroactive punishment for de Randamie, who threw late punches after rounds 2 and 3 had ended. The punch after the horn in round 2 visibly rocked Holm, but referee Todd Anderson only issued a warning for the late shot thrown after round 3. Essentially, the argument put forward was that not deducting at least one point cost Holm a draw, if not an outright win.
De Randamie, the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight champion, recently expressed interest in giving Holm an immediate rematch, as opposed to facing consensus #1 women’s 145 lbs fighter Cris Cyborg. Holm told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that she also wants a rematch, which are thoughts echoed by Fresquez and her coach Mike Winkeljohn. The chances of that happening now that Cyborg is free to return to competition, after USADA granted her a retroactive TUE for the banned substance Spironolactone, seem pretty remote. With that said, the UFC hasn’t made a decision on who’s next for de Randamie or Holm.