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5 biggest takeaways from UFC on ESPN+ 13, from Urijah Faber's fifth title shot to Ryan Hall's riddle

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What mattered most at UFC on ESPN+ 13 in Sacramento, Calif.? Here are a few post-fight musings …

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1. Germaine de Randamie can’t win with fans, but she doesn’t mind


Every time she fights it seems Germaine de Randamie has to answer for something. Things were no different Saturday, because even after tying Ronda Rousey’s record for fastest knockout in women’s bantamweight history at 16 seconds, “The Iron Lady” was forced to defend herself.

Was Herb Dean’s stoppage in the main event with Aspen Ladd fair? Ultimately that’s out of de Randamie’s control. She did her job by coming out and planting a perfect punch on Ladd’s face, and was en route to executing a brutal follow-up attack when Dean jumped in to wave it off.

It wasn’t the first time de Randamie left the octagon to a chorus of boos, and at this point she can’t seem to win. From the late punches against Holly Holm at UFC 208 to giving up her UFC women’s featherweight title instead of facing Cris Cyborg, fans have held a lot against de Randamie in recent years.

At this point her skill can’t be denied, though. De Randamie has won six of seven in the UFC with her lone blemish coming to Amanda Nunes in 2013. A rematch with the dual UFC champ could be on the horizon, which for de Randamie, might make all the backlash she’s received over the years worthwhile. Though with her incredibly upbeat personality she doesn’t appear bothered by it, anyway.


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