Holly Holm Loses UFC 208 Appeal

After the controversial manner in which Holly Holm lost her UFC 208 main event to Germaine de Randamie, Holm and her team officially appealed the decision. On Tuesday, the New York State Athletic Commission denied Holm’s appeal and the loss will remain on her record.

Following the bell to end the second round in the inaugural women’s featherweight title fight, de Randamie hit Holm with a late shot that appeared to rock the former 135 lb. champ. The Dutch kickboxer did the same thing after the third round. The referee did warn de Randamie but did not take a point away.

Holm went on to lose the fight 48-47 on all three judges’ scorecards. Had the referee taken a point after de Randamie repeated her infraction, the fight would have been scored a draw.

The NYSAC told MMAFighting on Tuesday that they had denied Holm’s appeal:

"After a review of the video footage of the bout, the New York State Athletic Commission determined that there was no clear error or violation of statute or rule by Referee Todd Anderson. Therefore, the scoring and outcome of the bout will not be modified."

De Randamie, the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight champion, recently expressed interest in giving Holm an immediate rematch, as opposed to facing consensus #1 women’s 145 lbs fighter Cris Cyborg. 

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