Cyborg vs. Anderson Set for Title, De Randamie Stripped
Cris “Cyborg” Justino will face Megan Anderson in the co-main event of UFC 214 for the newly vacant women’s featherweight championship, the organization announced Monday.
The belt will be up for grabs as UFC stripped Germaine de Randamie of the title for refusing to fight Justino.
“UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women’s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino,” UFC said in a statement. “UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.”
De Randamie defeated Holly Holm at UFC 208 in February to claim the inaugural women’s featherweight title. Justino vs. Anderson will be the second fight in the division’s short history.
The fight announcement comes four weeks after Justino was cited for misdemeanor battery, following an altercation with Angela Magana.
“Since I’ve been fighting in the UFC, people have been saying that there are no women my weight to fight,” Justino said. “This proves that wasn’t true. Instead of fighting someone who has lost their last couple of fights at a lower weight, I’m getting the chance to fight the No. 3-ranked featherweight in the world.”
Justino (17-1) has won her first two UFC fights. Anderson (8-2) is the reigning featherweight champion in the all-women promotion Invicta FC, which UFC distributes through its online platform. She has won her last four bouts by knockout.
“We’re the best featherweights in the world,” Anderson said. “It’s a great test for [Justino], and it’s a great test for me. There’s a reason I’m in the position that I am in such a short amount of time. She knows I’m a big threat to her.”
Said Justino: “This is the type of world title fight fans want to see, and I guarantee you it won’t go five rounds.”
UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2 will be July 29 in Anaheim, California.
Original Story: ESPN