GDR Refuses to Fight Cyborg
Germaine de Randamie made history back at UFC 208, when she defeated Holly Holm — though with some controversy — to become the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight champion. Then, after that history-making night, everything seemed to stop for the UFC new division.
The MMA community has heard little to nothing about Randamie, her title, or the division since that fateful night in Brooklyn, New York. So what exactly is next? The UFC was looking to book de Randamie’s first title defense to be at UFC 214 against Cris "Cyborg" Justino, but that hasn’t come to fruition.
According to a statement from de Randamie’s camp, given by her manager, Brian Butler, and first released by MMA Fighting, the champion refuses to fight Cyborg because she is a "proven cheater."
Randamie went as far as to say she would rather be stripped of the title than fight Cyborg.
Cyborg was provisionally suspended by USADA back in December for usage of Spironolactone, but she earned a retroactive therapeutic use exemption, clearing her of any wrongdoing. Cyborg, however, was suspended for a year back in 2011 for testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.
The statement reads as follows:
"Germaine and her team have talked, and the position is that she will not fight Cyborg because Cyborg is a known and proven cheater. Even after so much scrutiny has been put on Cyborg, she still managed to pop for something and will always be a person of suspicion who is trying to beat the system rather than just conforming to the rules. For that reason, Germaine and her team don’t believe that Cyborg should be allowed to compete in the UFC at all. If that is the only fight the UFC wants, then Germaine is willing to wait and see if the UFC will strip her belt before making her next move."
The UFC is aware of Randamie’s stance but has not commented on the situation.