We have seen some insane fights in 2020 so far. Despite the pandemic, the fights that UFC fighters have put on for the fans have been amazing. And out of all the best performances we have seen so far this year, the submission win of Germaine De Randamie over Julianna Pena does stand out.
The veteran of the sport, Germaine De Randamie is one of the pioneers of women’s MMA. She has earned the title of “Iron Lady” for the right reasons. However, she is not someone who is well known for her ground game.
In fact, her ground game was the biggest reason behind her loss to the UFC two-division champion, Amanda Nunes. Germaine De Randamie hurt Amanda Nunes in striking and that’s why the champ, who is considered the GOAt of women’s MMA, went back to grappling and won the fight on the ground.
Many fans predicted Pena to win Germaine De Randamie with a submission. However, GDR shocked the world by picking up a submission win in the final round.
The first round was a striking battle between Pena and GDR, where GDR won the round. But, Pena got a takedown at the buzzer, hinting the fans what was coming. But, Germaine De Randamie answered all the doubters and showcased good ground defense.
But, Pena was able to get the upper hand on the ground for the majority of the fight. Germaine De Randamie got the top position during the final minute fo round 1 and even got Pena in a submission. But, Pena survived to see round 3.
Pena knew that she could only win the third round and the fight on the ground. And she went for the takedown early in the final round. But, GDR got her in a beautiful guillotine and submitted her to get back on the winning track.
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) October 4, 2020
What’s next for Germaine De Randamie?
Following her brilliant victory, GDR got the praises from the MMA community. Fans are even hoping for a rematch with Holly Holm, who got victorious in the main event tonight.
Holly Holm with an absolutely dominant showcase tonight.
A rematch with Germaine de Randamie seems to make the most sense now. I'm just not sure a win for either of them would get everybody excited for another fight with Amanda Nunes. #UFCFightIsland4
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) October 4, 2020
Germaine de Randamie. What a lady. Holy smokes. Police officer, former UFC champ, all around class act. Awesome win #UFCFightIsland4
— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) October 4, 2020
Give me a fighter result that is more improbable than Germaine de Randamie winning by submission.
I'll start: Demian Maia by KO. #UFCVegas4
— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) October 4, 2020
Germaine de Randamie by sub over Julianna Pena. Wow. GDR ain't going anywhere guys. She just lost to Amanda Nunes and she's not even co-main tonight (which seems puzzling to me), but she is quite, quite good. She's not slowing down any time soon from what I'm seeing.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 4, 2020
First submission in the career of Germaine de Randamie
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 4, 2020
GDR called out the two-division champion, Amanda Nunes for a rematch. Nunes takes on Megan Anderson next. However, looking at the lack of contenders in the division it won’t be wild to predict that GDR vs Nunes rematch is happening sooner or later.