Germaine de Randamie looks ready for another chance at UFC gold.
The first UFC featherweight champion in history scored a blow in her main fight in the event against Aspen Ladd and that's all she needed to knock down the previously unbeaten fighter just 16 seconds into the first round. While the shot that landed on the color definitely put Ladd on the canvas, it looked like he was still lucid, but referee Herb Dean called for judgment to stop the fight.
"I hit her on the button, Herb Dean called him," he said of Randamie after the knockout victory. "If you look at the shot, I dropped it, she did not know where she was at that moment. It was a good clean shot. I think it was a good strike. "
As the fight began, Ladd immediately pressed forward to close the distance on his opponent's tallest and longest.
The former kickboxers player turned on a mixed martial artist by counterattacking and then timing a perfectly placed right hand that hit Ladd and sent him to the ground.
De Randamie continued with one more shot that did not connect because Dean was already running to stop the fight. Immediately afterwards, Ladd turned around and it looked like he was fine to continue, but the fight was over.
Regardless of the referee's decision, Randamie will still leave Sacramento with a 16-second knockout in his record, which remains his fifth consecutive overall victory, while already ranked No. 1 in the women's bantamweight division.
"I do not know what's next," said de Randamie. "We'll see, let's ask the UFC what's next."
While De Randamie did not request it, a shot at the title against current champion Amanda Nunes would almost seem a certainty after this last victory.
The last time De Randamie tested the loss was against Nunes in 2013, but she seems to be more than ready for the rematch after a series of impressive wins.