Not going down without a fight.
This saturday’s loss at UFC 208 was particularly bitter for Holly Holm. Not because it was her third loss in as many fights, not because she missed an opportunity to win the first ever women’s featherweight title, and not because of all the damage she took. No, what made this fight particularly bitter were the shots landed after the bell and the points that weren’t taken for it.
In the main event of last saturday night’s card in the Barclay’s center, Germaine de Randamie landed 2 shots after the bell in round 2 and a couple more in round 3; in both cases no points were deducted. To be honest with you I couldn’t believe my ears when after the second incident in round 3 the referee (Rob Anderson) said “Ok, that’s a warning”. I thought to myself, well then what was the first one?
In my opinion points should’ve been taken off BOTH times as the shots landed after the bell were brutal. Well it seems the preacher’s daughter shares the same sentiment as she and her law team ( Paul Bardacke and Breanna Houghton) are filing a grievance with the New York State Athletic Commission.
“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 complaint stated
“It was blatant,” Holm’s agent Lenny Fresquez said. “Very blatant.”
It’s rumored that Randamie has already agreed to the rematch via twitter page, but we can’t seem to find evidence of that on her page.
At the end of the day a referee’s job is to control the action, this means putting himself in position to stop the action at the end of the round. The question is did Anderson do that as well as appropriately responding to the actions that occurred as a result.
In my opinion Anderson’s reffing was abysmal. Besides the points there was multiple times he stopped the action against the cage when both fighters were still working. There’s a difference between stalling the action and a tactical chess match. As a ref you should know this.
You can read the full legal document here.
What do you think of Holly Holm’s appeal request, will she get a reversal on the decision or does she have the same chances as a snowball in hell?
Lionel Harris-Spence is a writer, filmmaker, and functioning alcoholic. You can catch him screaming obscenities at flat screens.