In the wake of what was viewed as controversy in the first ever women’s featherweight championship bout, Holly Holm is looking to appeal the result of the UFC 208 main event. Holm (10-3) suffered a unanimous decision loss to new women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (7-3) this past Saturday.
Representatives for Holm have drafted a request to the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to review the officiating of referee Todd Anderson during the fight. The documents were filed on Wednesday via email and US Mail, according to the Holm camp, though according to an ESPN.com report the NYSAC had not yet received them.
Controversy arose during the bout when de Randamie threw obvious punches after the bell on two different occasions. At the end of the second round, de Randamie threw a punch after the bell that visibly wobbled Holm. After the third round bell sounded, de Randamie landed another punch to Holm as well. De Randamie has since apologized for the late shots, and stated that she felt she “owes” Holm an immediate rematch.
The request written by Holm’s representatives asks the NYSAC to review Anderson’s “failure to deduct one or more points from (de Randamie)” for throwing punches past the bell. It also requests the commission to “determine an appropriate result” once they review the matter.
All three judges scored the fight 48-47 in favor of de Randamie. Anderson could have deducted a point for the late punches, but did not. He only issued a warning to de Randamie after the shots that landed at the end of the third round. Had Anderson deducted a point in the contest, it was possible that the fight could have ended in a draw.