UFC Title Contender Exits Promotion Following Co-Main Event Loss
A fighter just coming off a loss in a championship fight will not be re-signed by the UFC.
UFC 259 emanated from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 6. In the main event, Jan Blachowicz successfully defended his light heavyweight gold against middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya. In the co-headliner, Amanda Nunes submitted Megan Anderson in just over two minutes to retain the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship.
Despite just being in a title fight, Anderson is no longer with the UFC.
The fight with Nunes was the last bout on Anderson’s contract. The UFC informed MMAFIghting.com that she will not be returning to the company.
Before news broke, Anderson issued a brief statement on her UFC 259 defeat.
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“This game has the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This was the one we wanted to win but it’s the fight game. We’ll be back.”
Anderson reportedly took to her Twitch account and claimed that the UFC will be wrapping up the women’s 145-pound division. This would mean that Felicia Spencer vs. Danyelle Wolf would be the final women’s featherweight tilt in the UFC. MMA reporter Drake Riggs reached out to Spencer, who said she hasn’t been told anything about the future of the weight class.
During the UFC 259 post-fight press conference, Nunes made it clear that she felt Anderson wasn’t ready for the title opportunity (h/t MMA News).
“If you’re not ready for that moment, you will not be able to get it. So the difference between me and her was when I was at UFC 200, I was ready to be a champion. So I’m 100% sure tonight she was not supposed to be a champion.”
FIGHT SPORTS will keep you posted on the future of the UFC women’s featherweight division and Megan Anderson once those details surface.