Holly Holm, her camp, and her attorneys have officially filed an appeal to the New York State Athletic Commission of the result of her title bout at UFC 208 last Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, which her opponent, Germaine De Randamie, won 48-47 to claim the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight championship.
Holm’s attorneys, Breanna Houghton and Paul Bardacke, are specifically appealing the result of the fight stating that the referee of the match, Todd Anderson, failed to take a point away after two occurrences of late shots by De Randamie after the bell sounded to end the rounds. “We respectfully request the Commission review referee Anderson’s failure to assess a foul and render a decision regarding a point deduction following Round 2, and failure to assess a foul and a point deduction following Round 3, and determine an appropriate result,” the official document said.
The New York State Athletic Commission was reached by MMAfighting.com and issued a statement saying that they have not yet received the appeal from Holm’s camp. “As of this time, the Commission has not yet received an appeal from the Holm camp. It will be properly considered when, and if, received.”
Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez weighed in on the late shots as well as comments made by De Randamie on her Facebook page that she would give Holm a rematch if the appeal is won. “It was blatant, very blatant,” Fresquez said to Ariel Helwani of MMAfighting.com. “I hope Germaine is a lady of her word and gives Holly the immediate rematch she promised her.”
De Randamie will be holding a conference call today (Thursday, Feb. 16th) to the media to discuss the controversial decision and the appeal made by Holm’s camp.