27-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 8-2
June 27, 2017 Megan Anderson News
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Anderson (8-2) has withdrawn from her UFC Featherweight Championship fight against Cris Cyborg (17-1) at UFC 214 for personal reasons. She will be replaced by Tonya Evinger (19-5) in the July 29 event.
Anderson's representatives announced Tuesday that she is withdrawing for "personal reasons" and is "looking forward to fighting Cyborg for a UFC title at a later date." According to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, the plan is for Anderson to remain on the UFC roster, hinting that an eventual re-booking of this proposed title showdown is likely. In the end, this could wind up to be a positive turn of events for Anderson, who will have more time to hone her craft and possibly get another fight or two under her belt. In the meantime, Anderson will be replaced by the 36-year-old Tonya Evinger, the current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion.
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Fantasy AnalysisWith the organization stripping Germaine de Randamie (hand) of her title belt due to her refusal to fight Cyborg, the No. 1 fighter in the division, at UFC 214, the third-ranked Anderson will be added to the card and receive a shot at claiming the second title in the weight class' brief history. Anderson has won her last four fights via knockout and is the reigning champion in the all-women Invicta FC promotion, but she'll face her toughest competition to date in Cyborg, who is widely regarded as the top featherweight fighter of all time and who should be well prepared after having not fought since September.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson is Invicta's current featherweight champion and was set to defend her title against Helena Kolesnyk at Invicta FC 24 on July 15. However, it appears that fight will be cancelled if Anderson gets the go-ahead from the UFC to take on Cris Cyborg. The fight would serve as a co-main event with the featherweight belt up for grabs.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson and the UFC's Cris "Cyborg" Justino have been lobbying for a fight for quite some time, but if that matchup ever does occur, it won't be until late-2017 at the earliest. Anderson is widely considered to be one of the toughest challenges any promotion can make for Cyborg, who has dominated UFC competition since vacating her Invicta belt in March. That resulted in Anderson -- who defeated Charmaine Tweet in January for the interim belt -- becoming the official 145-pound champion. Some think the 24-year-old Anderson needs a bit of time to refine her skill before squaring off against Cyborg, and this matchup against Kolesnyk will accomplish that goal. Anderson is red-hot, however, winning her last four fights in Invicta via knockout. The Australia native owns a 8-2 professional record.