Anderson Wants to Boost UFC’s Newest Division
In one week, the UFC will crown its first-ever UFC women’s featherweight champion in the main event of UFC 208 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Either Holly Holm or Germaine de Randamie, both of whom traditionally fight at bantamweight, will walk out as the inaugural title holder. Bantamweight used to be as high as the women’s weight classes went as far as the UFC goes, an that resulted in quite the controversy and comments between the promotion and UFC and Invicta fighter Cris "Cyborg" Justino. Justino originally turned down the chance to become champion of the new UFC division due to supposed timing issues, but now the UFC will be without Cyborg for some time due to a potential anti-doping violation.
Invicta FC interim featherweight champion Megan Anderson has now thrown in her thoughts on the UFC’s newest division. She feels despite the talent available among the current UFC women, the UFC needs to sign fighters who have spent a good portion, if not all of their careers, at the women’s 145-pound division.
"I don’t want the division to become this laughing stock of 135’ers coming up because they don’t want to cut as much weight and they’re not going to sign true 145’ers," Anderson told the Fight Society podcast this week (via FOX Sports). "That’s why I feel if they’re really wanting to back this division, they need to sign us 145’ers that can’t make 135. Us true 145’ers that have been fighting out of the UFC for so long that now are able to have that recognition that we’ve deserved for so long."
Anderson won the interim title in Invicta’s division thanks to Cyborg’s status as a UFC competitor. Cyborg will look to appeal her suspension and will file for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption, as she claims the substance she tested positive for was prescribed to her by a physician. Anderson feels if Cyborg can get past these obstacles, she should get the first title shot against the winner of Holm vs. de Randamie.
If it’s impossible for that to happen, however, Anderson has made it known she would like a shot at the UFC title.
"If [Cyborg] gets suspended, then I feel like I am the rightful person to go and fight the winner of that fight," Anderson said. "If she’s not suspended, it should be her, she’s earned that right."