Megan Anderson
Tabbed to fight Felicia Spencer
FeatherweightUFC
March 26, 2019
Anderson will fight Felicia Spencer in a featherweight bout at UFC Rochester on May 19, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anderson is coming off her first UFC victory, a win over Cat Zingano at UFC 232 via TKO, and looking to make it two in a row when she faces Spencer -- who is making her UFC debut -- in New York. Things won't come easy for Anderson, as Spencer is the current Invicta FC champion at 145 points and undefeated (6-0) as a professional.
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Wins with odd TKO at UFC 232
FeatherweightUFC
December 29, 2018
Anderson defeated Cat Zingano via TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:01 of Round 1 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
This was an odd stoppage. The fighters had barely begun to exchange when Anderson threw a kick. Her toe poked Zingano in the eye. Zingano was not able to continue and the referee stopped the fight. Eye pokes due to kicks are not treated as violations.
Slated to fight Cat Zingano at UFC 232
FeatherweightUFC
October 17, 2018
Anderson will fight Cat Zingano in a featherweight bout at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.
ANALYSIS
Anderson, a former Invicta FC featherweight champion, will return to the octagon for the first time since losing her UFC debut to Holly Holm via unanimous decision in June. Her opponent, Zingano, has just one win in her last four UFC fights, coming via unanimous decision over Marion Reneau in her most recent fight.
No-shows UFC debut against Holly Holm Saturday
FeatherweightUFC
June 9, 2018
Making her UFC debut on Saturday, Anderson lost to Holly Holm via unanimous decision (27-30, 26-30, 26-30) at UFC 225 in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
In her UFC debut, Anderson displayed strong striking skills and a lean, athletic frame. Unfortunately, those glimpses were few and far between. Other than a big knee and a quick combination moments after the opening bell rang, Anderson looked like a fish of out water. She spent a good portion of the fight being controlled by Holm and her defense off of her back was quite frankly, abysmal. Outside of her boxing, Anderson didn't look like much of a prospect. This wasn't an easy match up for her, but she looked totally overwhelmed in her first fight with the company. It was a concerning performance.
Booked against Holly Holm
FeatherweightUFC
April 11, 2018
Anderson will face Holly Holm in a featherweight fight at UFC 225 in Chicago on June 9, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anderson hasn't fought since January of 2017, when she knocked out Charmaine Tweet to win the Invicta FC women's featherweight title. She was scheduled to make her UFC debut against Cris Cyborg in July of last year, but personal issues forced her to withdraw just a month prior to the event. Anderson is considered one of the top prospects in MMA, but she'll have her hands full against Holm, who is looking to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Cyborg in a title fight at UFC 219 in December. This fight could definitely prove to be a title eliminator, with the winner potentially going on to face Cyborg in a championship bout.
Withdraws from title fight against Cyborg
FeatherweightUFC
June 27, 2017
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.
ANALYSIS
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.