Megan Anderson

Australia

Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 9/6/2021
Contract up with UFC
FeatherweightOther
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March 9, 2021
Anderson (elbow/nose) is no longer under contract with the UFC following Saturday's loss to Amanda Nunes in the Women's Featherweight Championship, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old lost via submission (armbar) at 2:03 of Round 1 during Saturday's championship bout, which was the final fight of her contract. Anderson joined the UFC in 2018 and went 3-3 during her three-year stint in the promotion. The Australian was handed a 180-day medical suspension for elbow and facial injuries following the defeat, so she'll be sidelined for a bit even if she quickly lands a new deal.
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Suffers multiple injuries Saturday
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March 9, 2021
Anderson is facing a 180-day suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission for multiple potential injuries suffered in her UFC 259 loss to Amanda Nunes, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anderson will need to have a MRI on her right elbow, plus receive an X-ray and medical clearance for a potential nose injury suffered Saturday. The days of the featherweight division could seemingly be numbered after double-champ Amanda Nunes has essentially cleared it out, but Anderson's quest back to the top could be delayed until the fall if she's unable to obtain the proper clearance.
Destroyed by Amanda Nunes
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March 6, 2021
Anderson came up short for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Amanda Nunes via submission (armbar) at 2:03 of Round 1 at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
That arguably went worse for Anderson than the Vegas oddsmakers expected, and that's saying something considering she entered as about a +600 underdog. There was nothing in Anderson's background to lead you to believe she was remotely deserving of a title shot, let alone on the level Nunes, but the UFC has an entire division of inferior opposition for the GOAT at 145 pounds, and Anderson was hand-delivered as the latest victim. The fact Anderson was given this chance on the strength of back-to-back wins over Norma Dumont and Zarah Fairn tells you all you need to know about the status of the UFC women's featherweight division these days. You can't even get on Anderson for the poor performance because she was put in an impossible situation in which she couldn't have possibly succeeded. Now 3-3 in her first half dozen UFC bouts, the 31-year-old Anderson looks like nothing more than roster depth moving forward.
Title shot coming in March
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December 21, 2020
Anderson will take on Amanda Nunes (undisclosed) for the featherweight title at UFC 259 on March 6, ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Anderson was originally scheduled to get her title shot back in mid-December, but Nunes was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury in early-November. The Australian won't have to wait too much longer to get her chance, however. To win the title, she'll have to hand Nunes her first loss since 2014. She's at least entering the matchup in strong form, having won first-round victories in each of her last two fights. Anderson will enter with noteworthy height and reach advantages, but no female fighter on this planet hits harder than Nunes, who will enter as a heavy betting favorite to defend her belt.
No title shot in December
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November 9, 2020
Anderson will no longer be challenging Amanda Nunes for the UFC Featherweight Championship at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This will mark the second time Anderson has seen a shot at the 145-pound belt fall through, as she withdrew from a 2017 title fight against Cris Cyborg a month before the event due to personal reasons. It's unclear if this is anything like this situation, though Anderson was set to enter as a similarly-sized underdog against Nunes, checking in as high as (+550) in several sportsbooks. It remains to be seen if this fight will be rescheduled for a later date, as details on the cancellation are sparse at this time. Anderson did disclose via her personal Twitter account that Nunes appears to be suffering from some type of injury.
Title fight agreed
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August 21, 2020
Anderson will take on Amanda Nunes for the UFC Featherweight Championship at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Anderson called for a shot at Amanda Nunes following her victory over Norma Dumont back in February, and it appears she's been granted her wish. Anderson carries a two-fight winning streak into the contest, but that pales in comparison to Nunes' 11-fight win streak, which includes seven times defending her title. While Anderson is a more traditionally-built featherweight that will hold a four-inch height and three-inch reach advantage over Nunes, this is by far the toughest opponent she's been tasked with to date. Look for Anderson to enter as a massive betting underdog, as Nunes is largely considered the greatest female fighter of all time. Nunes will use her speed to get inside and negate the size difference, and even thought Anderson is the physically larger fighter, Nunes has a big advantage in the power department. Nunes hasn't used her wrestling and grappling much of late, but it's another card she could play against the sub-par, 53-percent takedown defense of Anderson. While this is a great opportunity for Anderson to potentially headline a pay-per-view card, she's getting this shot mostly due to a lack of depth in the division. To put that in perspective, both of Anderson's losses -- Felicia Spencer and Holly Holm -- have later gone on to lose to Nunes in convincing fashion.