Germaine De Randamie defeated Holly Holm by unanimous decision at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday (11 February) to become the company's first ever women's featherweight champion.
The fight went the distance as the Dutch fighter won 48-47, 48-47, 48-47, even as the win was marred in controversy as De Randamie struck Holm after the bell on two occasions.
Holm was struck hard following the end of the second and third rounds as inexperienced referee Todd Anderson was late in separating the two fighters. No points were deducted for De Randamie's illegal strikes, which if done, would have seen the result level on points.
Following the decision, De Randamie explained her strikes were in the heat of the moment. She said, "It was in the heat of the moment. I apologized, I'm not like that."
The new featherweight women's champion is expected to face Cris "Cyborg" Justino once her USADA-related case is cleared, although De Randamie has suggested that she needed surgery on her hand due to torn ligaments.
De Randamie is now the first Dutch fighter to hold a UFC belt in 18 years since Bas Rutten, while Holm has been defeated thrice now following her win against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November 2015.
In other notable results of the night, Anderson Silva controversially defeated Derek Brunson via unanimous decision as many felt the latter should have won. Brunson dominated majority of the fight, but was on the losing side as he took to social media to complain about the result.
Jacare Souza defeated Tim Boetsch via a first-round kimura submission to further stake his claim at a title shot for the middleweight belt.
Meanwhile, Glover Teixeira defeated Jared Cannonier in what was mostly a grappling match, Dustin Poirier defeated Jim Miller in a bout that was called the fight of the night.
UFC 208 results:
Women's featherweight title
Germaine De Randamie defeated Holly Holm via unanimous decision
Anderson Silva defeated Derek Brunson via unanimous decision
Jacare Souza defeated Tim Boetsch via first-round submission (Kimura)
Glover Teixeira defeated Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision
Dustin Poirier defeated Jim Miller via majority decision