Germaine de Randamie, Norma Dumont

Germaine de Randamie set for long awaited return, faces Norma Dumont at UFC Fight Night 242

Germaine de Randamie vs. Norma Dumont coming soon

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been putting a lot of match ups together over the last several days, including a middleweight main event going down at UFC Fight Night 242 between no. 5 ranked former title challenger Marvin Vettori (19-7-1) and no. 8 ranked Brendan Allen (23-5).

UFC FN 242 is to go down on April 6, 2024, one week prior to UFC 300, live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.

Another bout that’s just been signed for this event comes in the women’s featherweight division between touted strikers Norma Dumont (10-2) and former UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (10-4).

Dumont was originally scheduled to face Yana Santos this coming weekend at UFC Vegas 84. However, Santos was forced from the bout with a broken nose, and the UFC brass failed to acquire another opponent for Dumont at this event.

As a result, we’ll see her fight three months later against de Randamie.

Germaine de Randamie, following a 46-0 run in professional kickboxing, would make it to 3-2 as a mixed martial artist prior to being called up to the UFC, winning a hard-fought split decision in her promotional debut over longtime veteran Julie Kedzie.

A defeat would soon follow to future champion Amanda Nunes (TKO), before de Randamie would win her next five-straight over the likes of future two-division PFL champion Larissa Pacheco (TKO), Anna Elmose (TKO), former UFC bantamweight champion and IBA/WBF world boxing champion Holly Holm (UD), where she won the UFC featherweight title, Raquel Pennington (UD), and Aspen Ladd (TKO).

De Randamie would refuse a fight with Cris Cyborg, resulting in her being stripped of her featherweight title following victory over Holm.

Her fifth-straight victory led up to her bantamweight title shot, a rematch with Amanda Nunes, who defeated her via unanimous decision back in 2019. De Randamie has fought once since her rematch with the female goat, where she submitted (guillotine choke) Julianna Pena back in 2020; Pena has since fought for, won, and lost the UFC bantamweight championship herself.

Now at 39 years of age, de Randamie looks to make her first octagon appearance in nearly four years when she takes on Norma Dumont.

Before debuting in mixed martial arts, Dumont was a six-time Sanda state champion, as well as a one-time Sanda national champion. For those of you who don’t know, Sanda is a form of kickboxing that allows takedowns.

Coming to the UFC with a perfect record of 4-0, she’d debut against former Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson, who KO’d her in the opening round of their contest back in 2020.

Since then however Dumont has gone 6-1, defeating Ashlee Evans-Smith (UD), former title challenger Felicia Spencer (SD), who Anderson was previously submitted by, and Aspen Ladd (UD), before losing to Macy Chiasson (SD). Following defeat to Chiasson, Dumont has since won her last three-straight over the likes of Danyelle Wolf (UD), Karol Rosa (UD), and Chelsea Chandler (UD) in her most recent appearances.

Who comes out of this featherweight bout going down at UFC Fight Night 242 the victor?

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Brady Ordway
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