Germaine de Randamie

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Germaine de Randamie
Germaine de Randamie at UFC Copenhagen.jpg
de Randamie interviewed at UFC Copenhagen in 2019
Born (1984-04-24) April 24, 1984 (age 36)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Other namesThe Iron Lady
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
DivisionBantamweight (135 lbs)
Featherweight (145 lbs)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
StyleMuay Thai, Boxing
Fighting out ofUtrecht, Netherlands
TeamCSA Holland
Years active2008–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout30
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By decision5
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Germaine Martha de Randamie[1] (born April 24, 1984) is a Dutch mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. Undefeated in sanctioned kickboxing bouts, she competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and was the first UFC Women's Featherweight Champion. Prior to joining the UFC, de Randamie competed in the Strikeforce featherweight division. As of February 10, 2020, she is #1 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings and #9 in UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.[2]


De Randamie competed in kickboxing with an undefeated record of 46–0 including 30 knockouts.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early MMA career[edit]

De Randamie made her MMA debut on December 19, 2008, at Revolution Fight Club 2. She faced Vanessa Porto and was defeated via submission (armbar) in the first round.

On September 11, 2010, de Randamie earned her first MMA win when she defeated Nikohl Johnson via unanimous decision at Playboy Fight Night 5.[4]


De Randamie debuted for Strikeforce on January 29, 2011, at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg against Stephanie Webber. She defeated Webber via knockout in the first round.[5]

De Randamie next faced Julia Budd in a rematch from a past Muay Thai bout at Strikeforce Challengers 16: Fodor vs. Terry on June 24, 2011. She was defeated via unanimous decision.[6]

On August 18, 2012, de Randamie faced Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman. She won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–27).[7][8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Women's bantamweight[edit]

On April 18, 2013, it was announced that de Randamie would make her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on July 27, 2013.[9]

De Randamie debuted against Julie Kedzie at UFC on Fox 8. Relying mostly on clinch work, Germaine won the fight via split decision (30–27, 28–29, and 29–28).[10]

De Randamie next faced Amanda Nunes at UFC Fight Night 31 on November 6, 2013.[11] She lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[12][13]

De Randamie next faced Larissa Pacheco at UFC 185 on March 14, 2015. She won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Women's featherweight[edit]

De Randamie faced former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm, at UFC 208 for the inaugural UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on February 11, 2017. She won the fight via unanimous decision.[14] At the end of the second and third rounds, de Randamie continued to throw punches after the horn had sounded. The first of those punches was a right hand that visibly wobbled Holm, who had already stopped fighting. The referee, however, did not take a point on either occasion, which affected the result of the fight and drew criticism from UFC president Dana White.[15][16] Of the media outlets that reported on the fight, 14 of 23 media outlets scored the bout in favour of Holm.[17] After the fight, de Randamie stated that the blows after the horn were unintentional.[18] In contrast, Holm stated that she believed de Randamie's punches after the horn were intentional.[19]

Stripping of Women’s Featherweight Championship[edit]

In late May, de Randamie released a statement over social media that she plans to move back to the bantamweight division and rejected the fight with Cris Cyborg due to her repeated transgressions with PEDs.[20][21] Her decision on not wanting to fight Cyborg drew criticism from many in the media by claiming she was avoiding Cyborg and ignoring her responsibility as a champion to fight any and all challengers.[22][23][24] In turn, the promotion stripped her of the title on June 19, 2017.[25][26] Instead, the newly signed Megan Anderson replaced her and was slated to face Cyborg for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship at UFC 214, before Anderson herself was then replaced by Invicta Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger.[27]

Returning to bantamweight division[edit]

De Randamie was expected to face Marion Reneau on September 2, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 115. However, de Randamie pulled out citing injury and was replaced by Talita Bernardo.[28]

A bout against Ketlen Vieira was announced for UFC Fight Night 125 on February 3, 2018. However, the bout was soon cancelled due to a hand injury sustained by de Randamie.[29]

De Randamie faced former title challenger Raquel Pennington at UFC Fight Night 139 on November 10, 2018.[30] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[31]

On March 8, 2019, de Randamie signed a new 6-fight contract with the UFC.[32]

De Randamie faced Aspen Ladd on July 13, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 155.[33] She won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[34]

De Randamie faced Amanda Nunes in a rematch, on December 14, 2019 at UFC 245 for UFC women's bantamweight title fight.[35] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[36]

De Randamie is expected to face Julianna Peña on October 3, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 179.[37]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

De Randamie was born in Utrecht to a Surinamese father and a Dutch mother.[45]

De Randamie is a police officer in the Netherlands and she worked as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a police officer.[46]

De Randamie knocked out a man named Tom Waes who was 40 lbs heavier than her in a pro boxing match.[47]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 9 wins 4 losses
By knockout 4 1
By submission 0 1
By decision 5 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–4 Amanda Nunes Decision (unanimous) UFC 245 December 14, 2019 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 9–3 Aspen Ladd TKO (punch) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 1 0:16 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 8–3 Raquel Pennington Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez November 10, 2018 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States Return to Bantamweight; Pennington missed weight (138 lbs).
Win 7–3 Holly Holm Decision (unanimous) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 5 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States Won the inaugural UFC Women's Featherweight Championship. Later stripped of title due to unwillingness to fight Cris Cyborg.
Win 6–3 Anna Elmose TKO (knee to the body) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski May 8, 2016 1 3:46 Rotterdam, Netherlands Performance of the Night.
Win 5–3 Larissa Pacheco TKO (punches) UFC 185 March 14, 2015 2 2:02 Dallas, Texas, United States
Loss 4–3 Amanda Nunes TKO (elbows) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 1 3:56 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Win 4–2 Julie Kedzie Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 3–2 Hiroko Yamanaka Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 2–2 Julia Budd Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry June 24, 2011 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 2–1 Stephanie Webber KO (knee) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg January 29, 2011 1 4:25 San Jose, California, United States
Win 1–1 Nikohl Johnson Decision (unanimous) Playboy Fight Night 5 September 11, 2010 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 0–1 Vanessa Porto Submission (armbar) Revolution Fight Club 2 December 19, 2008 1 3:36 Miami, Florida, United States Bantamweight debut.


Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UFC 245 results
  2. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2020-02-10.
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  9. ^ A.J. Perez (2013-04-18). "Kedzie, de Randamie in UFC on FOX 8". Retrieved 2013-07-27.
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  11. ^ Dave Reid (2013-09-10). "Germaine de Randamie Faces Amanda Nunes At UFC Fight For The Troops 3". Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  12. ^ "Alexis Davis, Amanda Nunes Victorious At UFC Fight Night 31". 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
New title 1st UFC Women's Featherweight Champion
February 11, 2017 – June 19, 2017
Stripped of title after refusing to fight Cristiane Justino due to her repeated drug offenses
Title next held by
Cristiane Justino