Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie received some serious heat from fight fans after the fighter decided to move up in weight rather than defend her title from Cris Cyborg. Consequently, the UFC went on to strip de Randamie of her title.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, as seen within the video provided below, de Randamie has now come forward to discuss her big comeback to the octagon after receiving death threats from fans.
“I’m in this sport because I love this. If I wanted to stop, and I didn’t love it this much, I wouldn’t be here. But I love it this much that I’m like, nothing can stop me from doing what I love. And the only thing I want to do is share my love with people that love the same thing as much as I love it.”
“If people tell you to commit suicide, or people tell you you’re worthless, yeah, it hurts. It definitely hurts.”
“It’s not only hate. There’s also a lot of people that send me messages, ‘Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for inspiring. Thank you for your strong words. Thank you for still standing up. It inspired us.’ That gives strength, too. If some little boy or girl walks up to you in the gym or on the street and says, ‘Mom, that’s the Iron Lady, can I take a picture with you?’
“Then, what’s some internet hero writing behind his computer about me, that doesn’t even know me and has an opinion about something they don’t even know nothing about? It is what it is. And I’m like, ‘This is worth so much more.’ And one day I hope to become a mom. And I want my children to be proud of me. And I want to remember that I didn’t give up. And that they should never give up.”