Former Invicta featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino is finally getting her shot at the UFC featherweight title, but it won’t be Megan Anderson who she will face after all. The UFC announced late Tuesday night that Anderson had been scrapped from the bout and Invicta bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger would be taking her place.
— UFC (@ufc) June 28, 2017
Anderson has yet to disclose the reason for her departure from the fight and only states, “personal reasons” in her official statement on Twitter.
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) June 28, 2017
Anderson became the Invicta featherweight champion after she defeated Charmaine Tweet in January. Cyborg held the title previously.
Evinger had originally been scheduled to face Helena “Pretty” Kolesnyk as the main event for Invicta FC 24, they are currently searching for her replacement. Milana Dudieva vs. Mara “Kunoichici” Romero Borella debut will now headline the card slated for Saturday, July 15.
Evinger has held the Invicta 135-pound title for two years but had planned on going up in weight prior to the announcement. She is best known for her unique style of fighting and her loud personality (including kissing reporters inside the cage).
This will be Cyborg’s third UFC appearance having gone 2-0 in the Octagon and 17-1-1 overall. She is considered one of the most dangerous female fighters in MMA today. She has yet to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds as the division is newly formed.
The UFC featherweight division was kicked off with a fight between former bantamweight champion Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. The eventual inaugural champion was crowned after de Randamie defeated Holm. She was later stripped of the title after refusing to fight Cyborg — who the division was created for.
UFC 214 is headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones in what will settle the score for the light heavyweight division once and for all. The event is set for July 29 in Anaheim, CA.