Anderson Out, Evinger In As Cyborg’s Opponent
Cris "Cyborg" Justino will attempt to capture the UFC’s vacant featherweight championship at UFC 214 next month in Anaheim, California, but she will not do so against Megan Anderson.
UFC officials have confirmed to ESPN that Anderson (8-2) has withdrawn from her scheduled 145-pound title fight against Justino (17-1) due to personal reasons.
Ranked bantamweight Tonya Evinger (19-5) will replace Anderson in the fight, which serves as UFC 214’s co-main event. Evinger, 36, is the current 135-pound champion of all-female fight promotion Invicta FC.
"Due to personal issues, Megan Anderson has been forced to withdraw from her UFC 214 bout against Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino on July 29," a UFC official stated.
Representatives for Anderson, 27, told ESPN she is "looking forward to fighting Cyborg for a UFC title at a later date," but they declined further comment on her current status.
Anderson said in a statement posted to social media that "this is the biggest struggle I have faced yet, but like I always do, I will come back stronger and better than before. … I’m coming for whoever has that belt."
Original Story: ESPN