Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC 208 blew the roof of Barclays Center last weekend (Sat., Feb. 11, 2017) in Brooklyn, New York.
Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Derek Brunson, who suffered his second straight defeat by falling at the hands of Anderson Silva (see it). And Tim Boetsch, who was twisted like a pretzel by Ronaldo Souza.
But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?
It seems like it wasn’t too long ago when Holly was sitting on top of the mixed martial arts (MMA) mountain. After knocking out Ronda Rousey — the face of women’s MMA — at UFC 193 in late 2015 in devastating fashion, Holm was primed to have a dominant reign at 135 pounds that rivaled that of "Rowdy’s."
It never came.
That’s because Miesha Tate dethroned "The Preacher’s Daughter" at UFC 200, choking her out in the headlining title fight to drop her from the top of the 135-pound rankings before she could get comfortable. Four months later, Holm came up short one more time, as she ran into a "Bullet" in the form of Valentina Schevchenko, who surprisingly outclassed the former pro boxer on the feet to earn a unanimous decision win.
Holm’s opportunities didn’t die there, as she was awarded the chance to become the promotion’s first-ever women’s featherweight champion at UFC 208. But Germain de Randamie spoiled those plans by stifling her striking just enough to convince the judges to give her the win (video replay here).
Of course, "Iron Lady" gave fight fans plenty to discuss and Holm something to complain about after she clipped her with a late blow after the bell on multiple occasions, one of which wobbled the former champion. Luckily for Germaine, the referee didn’t deduct a point, which could have drastically changed the outcome of the fight.
Nevertheless, Holm now finds herself at a crossroads in her MMA career, but if she had her druthers, she’d take a do-over against Germaine.
"I think it warrants a rematch," Holm said during the post-fight presser. "When you have more than half the people saying the fight should have gone the other way, usually that warrants a rematch. So that would be awesome. The fight could have gone either way," she said. "I felt like I had three rounds, but I also had her rocked twice and didn’t capitalize on it, and that’s my own fault."
That likely won’t happen, however, as company president Dana White wasn’t too thrilled with her — or Germaine’s — performance at UFC 208.
That said, Holm still has options as she now has two weight classes she can compete in. Personally, I’d like to see her drop down to 135 pounds to face Julianna Pena. "The Venezuelan Vixen" has been vocal with her disdain toward "The Preacher’s Daughter." And since both are coming off defeats, I’d like to see the two ladies settle their beef in the center of the cage.
Unless, of course, you have a better idea.