Cyborg vs. Anderson for title at UFC 214 close to finalization
The UFC made a decision to add a women’s featherweight division when it appeared that Cris Cyborg, who had been brought in to drop weight to fight the then seemingly unbeatable Ronda Rousey, was not going to be able to do so. However, Cyborg needed time to recover from the brutal weight cuts. So the UFC went forward without her, matching up Germaine de Randamie, who was outside the top 10 at bantamweight, with Holy Holm, who was on a two-fight losing streak at 135. GDR won and holds the title, for now.
Meanwhile, a doctor-prescribed drug to reestablish the normal functioning of Cyborg’s endocrine system was flagged by an anti-doping test; she was eventually issued a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption. Now Cyborg appears ready to fight for the title, but de Randamie recently announced on her Instagram account that she was heading back to 135, citing Cyborg’s past use of Performance Enhancing Drugs.
However, the UFC is now apparently following their most bizarre title fight with an excellent one. The news comes via the extremely well connected Ariel Helwani.
Cris Cyborg vs. Megan Anderson for the women's 145 title at UFC 214 is very close to being finalized, I'm told. Almost there. Looking good.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 16, 2017
So the second time’s a charm!
Cris Cyborg is the best fighter in women’s MMA. And Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson is a worthy opponent. The 27-year-old Australian is on a four-fight win streak, all via TKO, with three of them coming via kick or knee to the head.
De Randamie will presumably be given her wish to move back to bantamweight and the division goofy debut will hopefully recede from memory. UFC 214 takes place on July 29 in Anaheim, California. UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fights former title holder Jon Jones in the main event.