Former UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie has revealed that she is pregnant and will have a baby in early 2023.
The 38-year-old veteran from Holland announced this on Instagram.
“Finally, we can scream at the top of our lungs “WE ARE PREGNANT,” wrote de Randamie. “We are blessed with our little miracle coming in March 2023.”
De Randamie has not competed in the UFC for over two years; her most recent victory was by submission over Julianna Peña in 2020. She was invited to fight at UFC 268 last November but ultimately pulled out of the match against Irene Aldana due to injury.
During her UFC career, de Randamie primarily competed in the 135lb weight class, but she moved up to 145lb to fight for the first UFC featherweight title. She became the promotion’s first featherweight champion by defeating Holly Holm via unanimous decision.
De Randamie was later stripped of the belt after she refused to defend her title against Cris Cyborg, citing the then challenger’s history of doping. She vowed to keep fighting and returned to bantamweight where she went 3-1 in her next four fights, with her only loss coming by decision against Amanda Nunes.
Inactivity hindered de Randamie’s career in the UFC, with the Dutch fighter missing long stretches of time while working as a full-time cop in his home country. She was eventually delisted from the UFC after she pulled out of her 2021 fight with Aldana.
Now she’s taking a much longer break from action as she prepares to welcome her first child along with her partner.