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UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie has been relatively silent since winning the inaugural title, but her manager spoke out last week assuring fans that de Randamie would not fight "known cheater" Cris "Cyborg" Justino. This caused Cyborg, and most critics, to accuse the champion of being afraid to fight the woman that most call unbeatable.

has taken to Instagram today to dispel those rumors and announce that she has decided to return to the 135 pound division.

Dear All,

It's been a while since I posted something. But because of the commotion that I have come to feel, I feel the need to hear something from me and to clear the air (as far as possible). It is absolutely not so that everything that is said makes me do nothing. Also, I am a human being and I also have feelings. Despite the fact that I'm always positive, the comments make me more than I had hoped. The positive but also the negative.

The fight between me and Chris Cyborg was offered to me last November. Even then, I had all my reservations but I accepted the fight. Chris Cyborg has rejected the fight because she could not get the weight of 66 kilos in twelve weeks time. One month later, she was visited by the USADA and did not pass the test. The rest of the story is known.

My reason for rejecting the fight now has nothing but nothing at all to do with my fear.

I believe that if you want to do sports you do this without any means that can affect the muscle mass. I - as a top athlete - always trained, always watched my food and put 18 years of my life on sports, without using just one means that is not allowed.

Everyone has his or her opinion on this and that may. But that people think to know what my motives are / do not put me in the cold clothes.

GDR says that her reason for turning down the fight with Cyborg is not based on fear, but rather the fact that Cyborg was flagged by USADA late last year. Cyborg was later cleared of any wrongdoing as it was proven that she was under doctor's orders.

In a second post, GDR says that she is waiting to have surgery on her hand and intends to return to the 135 pound division when she is healthy enough to compete.

I work full time and irregularly, which takes a lot of time. In addition, there is still a lot of unclear about my hand. I have an appointment with the doctor on 14 June, and it will be decided whether or not to be operated. This option should also be considered for me because there is a great chance that my tendons / nerves can cause such damage that I could not use my hand more optimally.

During the negotiations on the battle with Holly Holm, I said in advance that after this fight I want to return to my natural weight class of 61 kilos. My task has not been completed yet

The UFC has promised me that this would be no problem and I can just return to my natural weight class.

This is why I am focusing on this moment.

When I fell in love with the martial arts 18 years ago, I had 1 goal. Share my great love with others who have the same love for martial arts as me !! This is my goal and will always remain my goal.

I want to thank everybody who has always stood before me and still support me through thick and thin !! You guys rock.

For all the haters; Two Baths !! "The IronLady" is far from done

*De Randamie's posts were made in her native language (Dutch) the above translations were made via Google Translate.

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