Last night, the UFC touched down in Brooklyn, New York with UFC 208. In the main event of the evening, the organization crowned it’s first-ever women’s featherweight champion. It did so by pitting Dutch kickboxing specialist Germaine de Randamie against former women’s bantamweight queen Holly Holm.
Though De Randamie landed two questionably shots after the bell, and Holm seemed to run away with the fight in the second half, she was ultimately awarded a contentious unanimous decision win by the judges, and became the UFC’s first ever female featherweight champion as a result.
With this outcome, the MMA world now waits for a massive featherweight title clash between the new champ De Randamie, and former Invicta featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino, who has long stood out as the best female featherweight on the planet.
Shortly after UFC 208 had wrapped up, these two featherweight talents gave us a teaser of their potential showdown, squaring off for a picture for the fans. See it below.
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As massive as this fight would be, however, it’s likely to take some time to put together, as Cyborg is currently dealing with the United States Anti-Doping Agency after a pair of failed tests, and De Randamie explained post-fight that she’ll be undergoing surgery to repair an injured hand.
With her controversial defeat of Holm, De Randamie extended her win-streak to three, having also recently defeated Larissa Pachecho and Anna Elmose. She’s now 7-3 in sum.
Cyborg, meanwhile, has not lost since she made her pro debut almost 12 years ago. Her last two bouts have occurred inside the UFC’s Octagon, where she scored lighting quick stoppages of Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg. She’s now an incredible 17-1 overall.
Who do you think wins a featherweight battle between Germaine de Randamie and Cris “Cyborg” Justino? Sound off in the comments section, PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/12/2017.