In a report that posted overnight on ESPN.com, UFC has confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for the first women’s featherweight title bout. The fight will take place on the UFC 208 card set for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on February 11, and will feature Holly Holm against Germaine de Randamie.
Holm (10-2) is a former world boxing title holder and a former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey in stunning fashion at UFC 193 in November of 2015 to earn the bantamweight championship, but is on a two fight losing skid after dropping the title to Miesha Tate then losing to Valentina Shevchenko. de Randamie (6-3) is from the Netherlands and is a former professional kickboxer who holds a 3-1 record in UFC. Three of her six professional wins have come by knockout.
If Holm wins, she will become the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in multiple weight classes. A victory would place her alongside Conor McGregor, BJ Penn, and Randy Couture as fighters who have held multiple weight class championships and the first female to accomplish the feat. Holm spoke on that subject, calling it a dream to hold both titles and noted that she would like to hold both the bantamweight and featherweight titles simultaneously.
It’s possible that the winner of this bout will draw Cris “Cyborg” Justino in their first defense later in 2017. The current Invicta FC featherweight champion, Justino (17-1, 2-0 UFC) has long campaigned for this division to be created. She won both of her catchweight fights in UFC by knockout. It was recently claimed that Justino was offered two title fights by UFC president Dana White, but declined citing a need to recover from a difficult weight cut. She did note though that she appreciated UFC deciding to add the new female weight class.