Cris Cyborg vs. Megan Anderson Set For UFC 214


Cristiane Justino finally has her next bout lined up, and it’s going to be a big one. The UFC recently announced that “Cyborg” would fight Invicta FC featherweight champion, Megan Anderson. The biggest news to come out of this announcement was that Germaine de Randamie had been stripped of the UFC women’s featherweight belt.

Now, Justino and Anderson will fight each other for the vacant title at UFC 214. This will serve as the co-main event of the event.

It took many years for Justino to compete in a UFC title fight. Justino, who has competed under the Invicta FC and Strikeforce banners, was forced to fight at 140 pounds once she made the jump to the UFC. She has since earned dominant TKO wins over Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg. Then the UFC decided to finally open a women’s 145-pound weight class earlier this year. However, after she turned down some offers, the UFC decided to book de Randamie vs. Holly Holm at UFC 208 in February.

After the bout was announced, Justino had been issued a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. But she was granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption and ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing and reinstated for competition. It’s been widely discussed that should have created the division years ago for Justino. Either way, the time is now and it’s up to Justino to fulfill her goal of being a champion in the largest MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) promotion in the world.

The UFC sent out the following statement:

“UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women’s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC® 214: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.”

UFC 214 is set to take place on Saturday, July 29th at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. A portion of the preliminary card will air on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, while the rest of the prelims will air on FOX Sports 1. The main card will air on PPV (pay-per-view). Cormier is set to defend the light heavyweight title against Jones in the main event. The bout order for the event has yet to be finalized, but you can see the updated card here:

Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title

Cristiane Justino vs. Megan Anderson – for vacant women’s featherweight title

Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir

Dooho Choi vs. Andre Fili

Chan Sung Jung vs. Ricardo Lamas

Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling

Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran

Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober

Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski

Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton

Sage Northcutt vs. Claudio Puelles

Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega

  • leonaidis

    Why was Germaine de Randamie stripped of the title??

    • Juan Diablo

      She refused to fight Borg because of past PED use, and then said she wanted to go back down in weight anyway. Bad form on her part, UFC should just bench her indefinitely for cherry picking that belt

      • Allen Eltor

        They ought to have stripped the bitch for striking Holm intentionally after the belt multiple times.

        • Juan Diablo

          Yeah that was a really bad night for the UFC, I couldn’t believe she didn’t have a point deducted after the 2nd time

          • Allen Eltor

            Even the first. That was a championship fight.

          • Bill Wolf

            I seem to me one of a small minority that thinks that Germaine de Randamie really won that fight, because, little as she did, Holly Holm did less.

            It makes sense that a lot of people think that Germaine de Randamie was never the real featherweight champion, because she punched her opponent after the bell on two different occasions, and the first one, when she buckled Holly Holm’s knees, was probably Germaine de Ramdamie’s best punch of the fight. Any time you do your best fighting after the bell, you can’t expect fight fans to be impressed. (And yes, Germaine de Randamie did deserve a point deduction, which she didn’t get.)

            This may be the least impressive title run ever.

          • Juan Diablo

            Based on the action during between the bells I think you are right- GDR won the fight. In my opinion it was close enough though that a deducted point would have given the match to Holly. Yeah that was a bummer that GDR did that, but at least we get to see Anderson bang with Borg now. Looking forward to this because I’m hoping Megan can tie up Borg a bit since she is bigger than any other girl the UFC can currently offer.

          • Bill Wolf

            Megan Anderson is bigger, and she’s willing to fight Cris Cyborg. Both facts put her above Germaine de Randamie.

            I think Megan Anderson is going to lose, but I’d like to see her do well. She has earned respect for being willing to try and climb the mountain, whether she makes it to the top or not.

          • jess fenchley

            GDR did win that fight Bill. Holm stood back all night and grunted with multiple air swings. Also people need to see GDR got kicked twice in the crotch and also copped a headkick while her hands were on the ground. No points deduction there either. Whilst its true they both handed out illegal blows, the best fighter won. She also didnt cry about it afterwards and try to overturn it in court which is a lame move..

  • Bill Wolf

    Cris Cyborg vs. Megan Anderson is the only fight to make in women’s featherweight.

  • jess fenchley

    Great to see an Aussie do what others havent………