Holm submits appeal over title loss

Holly Holm has submitted an appeal over her defeat to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208, in a bid to get the decision overturned.

De Randamie became the UFC’s inaugural featherweight champion in New York last weekend after triumphing over former bantamweight title holder Holm on a unanimous decision.

However, Holm was struck by punches which sounded after the bell rang at the end of rounds two and three.

Referee Todd Anderson failed to penalise de Randamie for those offences, which has led Holm to file an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission.

If points are retrospectively deducted from de Randamie, it could potentially lead to the fight being declared a draw or even a victory for Holm.

“We respectfully request the commission review referee Anderson’s failure to assess a foul and render a decision regarding a point deduction following Round Two, and failure to assess a foul and a point deduction following Round Three, and determine an appropriate result,” says the appeal.

Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, both Holm and de Randamie have already stated that they want to participate in a rematch.

Whether they get the chance is in serious doubt though, with UFC president Dana White keen to pit de Randamie against Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.