Holly Holm files appeal of UFC 208 decision

Holly Holm files appeal of UFC 208 decision

The main event of UFC 208 between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title has been discussed daily due to the controversial nature in which many feel de Randamie secured the unanimous decision win.

On two occasions, the now champion de Randamie landed blows on Holm that came after the bell had sounded. The shots landed weren’t just taps either, but strikes that visibly stunned Holm.

Today, Holm and her team officially filed an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission, stating:

“Ms. Holm seeks review of Referee Todd Anderson’s failure to deduct one or more points from Germaine de Randamie following her repeated strikes thrown after the horn sounded to end Rounds 2 and 3. Section 212.10(b)(27) of the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) Regulations provides that attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of competition constitutes a foul in a professional mixed martial arts contest. Regulations also make clear that when a foul is committed, the referee ‘shall then assess the foul to the offending contestant and deduct points . . . if the referee deems it appropriate, and notify the commission, the corners, the official scorekeeper of his decision on whether the foul was accidental or intentional and whether any point deduction . . . is imposed.’”

The interesting thing of note, as confirmed by veteran referee John McCarthy in the below tweet, is that the bell doesn’t signify the end of the round, but it serves as the referee’s notification to end the round.

The appeal continues:

“We respectfully request the Commission review Referee Anderson’s failure to assess a foul and render a decision regarding a point deduction following Round 2, and failure to assess a foul and a point deduction following Round 3, and determine an appropriate result.”

Given what McCarthy explained above, it could be hard for the NYSAC to render a decision in Holm’s favor, but we are not making any attempts at playing judge and jury here.

To read Holm’s full appeal filed by her lawyer Paul Bardacke, click here.

We will have more on this story as details are made available.