Cyborg vs. Anderson Near Official for UFC 214
After weeks of eventful drama surrounding Cris "Cyborg" Justino, as well as the UFC’s women’s featherweight division, a UFC title bout between Cyborg and Invicta featherweight champion Megan Anderson may be announced in the next coming days.
With Germaine de Randamie currently holding the UFC title, it is not known for sure how the UFC will remove the belt from Randamie. One can assume Randamie will be stripped of her title, unless this bout is built as an interim title fight. Randamie was scheduled to defend the title against Cyborg, but she refused, stating she won’t fight a cheater, even if the UFC strips her of the title.
Randamie won the inaugural title bout in the main event of UFC 208, defeating Holly Holm on a controversial decision. But Randamie has been inactive with an injured hand since then, and the UFC’s women’s featherweight division has remained quiet.
Meanwhile, it’s been a case of eventful times for Cyborg. Weeks ago, she was cited for misdemeanor battery after punching fellow UFC fighter Angela Magana at the UFC Athlete Retreat in May. Back at the end of last year, Cyborg was suspended by USADA, but two months later was granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Spironolactone, a physician-prescribed diuretic.
If this bout is made official, this will be Cyborg’s first UFC bout at 145 pounds. Her last two bouts, including her most recent contest against Lina Lansberg back in September, were contested at catchweights of 140-pounds (the UFC’s women’s featherweight division was established just this year). Both Cyborg and Anderson accepted a fight with each other on a recent edition of The MMA Hour.
Reportedly, Cyborg was scheduled to face Cat Zingano, but the bout fell through as Zingano is dealing with various injuries.
UFC 214 takes place on July 29 in Anaheim, California. The main event sees Jon Jones challenge nemesis Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Original story: MMA Fighting