In a startling and controversial fight, de Randamie landed heavy shots to opponent Holly Holm not once but twice after rounds had concluded, although she was not penalized for either occurrence.
In fact, referee Anderson only warned de Randamie that he’d take a point away if she didn’t cut it out after the second time she hit Holm after the bell, following the conclusion of the third round. In the second round, she had already finished a combination after the bell, rocking Holm badly with a straight left and a blistering right elbow.
Holm was able to wobble back to her corner, but there’s no question that some disciplinary action should have been taken right at that moment. At the very least, a point should have been taken away and Holm should have been examined by a doctor and given a chance to recover. There’s also a very good case to be made for a disqualification.
In a fight that de Randamie would end up winning 48-47 on all three scorecards, even a point deduction would have kept her from winning the belt. Perhaps Holm didn’t deserve to win, but with those two fouls, de Randamie certainly didn’t deserve to, either.
In other action, Anderson Silva got a win over Derek Brunson, but not as convincingly as he would have hoped. Many in the MMA world actually believe that Brunson won the fight, while two of the three judges gave Silva a win by a slim 29-28 margin.
Silva is still a capable striker, but his lack of defensive wrestling hurt him in this one. Fortunately for him, he got what may have been a generous decision and appears to be interested in keeping his fighting career going a little longer.
In the night’s only finish, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was able to submit opponent Tim Boetsch just 3:41 into the first round in a fight that Souza had to win to stay in the title picture.
Jacare got a takedown halfway through the round and quickly moved to side control, then mount. From there, it was academic as he wrapped up a kimura that made Boetsch tap almost immediately. We’ll see if Jacare finally gets the title shot he has deserved for quite some time now.