Germaine de Randamie
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Comes up short in title quest
BantamweightUFC
December 14, 2019
De Randamie came up short in her quest for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion on Saturday, falling to Amanda Nunes via unanimous decision (44-49, 46-49, 45-49) at UFC 245 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
De Randamie's inability to defend a takedown combined with her lack of awareness on the mat may have very well cost her a chance at being a multi-division champion. GDR displayed super human toughness in even making it through Round 1. She survived some massive shots and at least one deep submission attempt from Nunes. She looked much better in Round 2 and had her moments in Rounds 3 and 4, but every single time she appeared to be making some headway, Nunes simply changed levels and threw her to the mat. De Randamie is an elite Muay Thai specialist so it's obvious her wrestling and ground game won't be on that level, but she looked like a legitimate amateur in both areas. She made countless routine positional mistakes and thus was unable to take advantage of the potentially vulnerable champion. Set to turn 36 years of age this coming April, GDR is too old to be satisfied with moral victories. Simply put, she doesn't possess the all-around game required to be a UFC champion.
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Will face Nunes on Dec. 14
BantamweightUFC
August 17, 2019
De Randamie will face Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight championship at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
De Randamie is coming off a victory over top contender Aspen Ladd on July 13, which brought her winning streak to five (dating back to May of 2015). She made quick work of the highly-regarded prospect, needing just four significant strikes to pick up the knockout victory. Taking on the greatest female fighter of all time -- who also happens to be a two-division champion -- will be an entirely different story. Expect de Randamie to enter as a betting underdog, though she will carry height and reach advantages into the cage on fight night. Just about every other statistic, however, falls in favor of Nunes. The current champion throws and lands much more volume than de Randamie, and also has superior grappling and wrestling. While de Randamie once defeated Holly Holm to start a short-lived run as featherweight champion, a win over Nunes would be by far the biggest accomplishment of her MMA career.
KO's Aspen Ladd, title shot next?
BantamweightUFC
July 13, 2019
De Randamie defeated Aspen Ladd via TKO (punches) at 0:16 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
De Randamie is now tied with Ronda Rousey for the fastest knockout in UFC women's bantamweight history. Referee Herb Dean -- who has had a rough last few months -- likely jumped in just a tad early, but that doesn't take away from what was a brilliant performance from GDR. She clocked the previously undefeated Ladd with a perfectly placed right hand and one follow-up shot to the chest. Ladd didn't appear to be completely out of it, but Dean had seen enough. The winner of five fights in a row dating back to November 2013, de Randamie deserves to be next in line for Amanda Nunes's UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship. GDR's most recent setback was a TKO loss at the hands of Nunes. De Randamie won't be able to match Nunes's power, but she can match her in technique and volume. Nunes would be a hefty favorite if the rematch comes to fruition, but it would be an interesting and worthwhile match to consider.
Pinned against Ladd in Sacramento
BantamweightUFC
May 29, 2019
De Randamie will take on Aspen Ladd in a featherweight bout at UFC Sacramento on July 13, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
With the veteran De Randamie set to take on the undefeated and up-and-comer Aspen Ladd, it's hardly surprising that this bout is being booked as the main event in Sacramento. De Randamie is coming off her first fight in nearly two years, when she defeated Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 139. De Randamie has won four straight fights in the Octagon since 2015, but she will certainly have her work cut out for her against Ladd and her 8-0 professional record.
Returns from 21-month layoff with win over Raquel Pennington
BantamweightUFC
November 10, 2018
De Randamie defeated Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
ANALYSIS
21 months after defeating Holly Holm to become the first ever UFC Women's Featherweight Champion, de Randamie finally returned to action on Saturday. She looked good, but not great. She wasn't landing with the regularity we have become accustomed to and she never had Pennington in any real trouble. So while the end result was an easy win, it wasn't the dominant return effort that many were expecting. De Randamie will turn 35 years old in April, so she is going to have to be extremely active moving forward if she ever wants to get back into the title picture.
Opponent fails to make weight for UFC Denver
BantamweightUFC
November 9, 2018
De Randamie's opponent, Raquel Pennington, failed to make weight for the pair's upcoming fight at UFC Denver on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pennington waited til the end of her allotted window but nevertheless missed weight by two pounds. It remains to be seen if the bout will take place as scheduled and how much Pennington will be fined.