We are now just 5 days away from UFC 208 and the crowning of the first ever women’s featherweight champion. Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will take on Germaine de Randamie in the main event from Brooklyn, New York.
Fight fans are in for what promises to be one hell of a fight. Holly is an 18x world title holder in boxing, and Germaine is a 10x world champion in kickboxing. That has all the makings of an epic slug fest.
Germaine de Randamie hails from The Netherlands and hopes to follow in the footsteps of some of the great Dutch kickboxers turned mixed martial artists that have come before her. Names like Alistair Overeem, Melvin Manhoef, and UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten are historic in this sport, and de Randamie looks to add her name to that list.
Undefeated as a kickboxer, de Randamie came to the sport by chance. Soccer was her first passion and it’s no surprise that she excelled and played at the highest level, being a member of the Dutch national team. A fellow player invited her to train kickboxing one day, and two months later she had her first professional fight.
She made her mixed martial arts debut in 2008, and debuted in the UFC in 2013 with a split decision win over Julie Kedzie. Sitting at 6-3, de Randamie is riding a two-fight win streak and has really hit her stride as a mixed martial artist.
With her 10 kickboxing world titles coming in 3 different weight classes, the move from bantamweight to featherweight is very natural for de Randamie. She holds a 1-inch height and 2-inch reach advantage over Holm, and for a deadly striker like Germaine, that could prove to be a difference maker.
Nicknamed “The Iron Lady”, she showed the world exactly why that became her moniker when the UFC held it’s first ever event in the Netherlands and de Randamie dropped Anna Elmose with a devastating knee to the body. The roof just about came off the place as the arena celebrated the TKO victory with Germaine, which earned her “Performance of the Night” honors.
Germaine has shown championship pedigree throughout her athletic career, from the soccer field to the kickboxing ring, and now quite possibly, the octagon. So how does she see Saturday night’s fight going?
“Everybody that knows me there’s no secret, I’m going to try and knock her out. That’s my fighting style, I come to finish fights and I will give everything I have to finish her.”
UFC 208 takes place this Saturday, February 11th from The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.