Cris “Cyborg” Justino will fight Tonya Evinger for the UFC’s vacant featherweight championship at UFC 214 as opposed to Megan Anderson, who withdrew from the fight due to personal reasons.
Evinger (19-5) is the current 135-pound champion of all-female fight promotion Invicta FC. She will replace Anderson, who was announced just last week as one of the two fighters for the fight at Anaheim’s Honda Center.
“Due to personal issues, Megan Anderson has been forced to withdraw from her UFC 214 bout against Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino on July 29,” a UFC official stated.
Anderson said in a statement posted to Twitter that, “I have been wanting this fight for a long time and finally got the opportunity to showcase my skills on the big stage… But like I always do, I will come back stronger and better than before.
“I’m coming for whoever has that belt.”
Since the UFC introduced the female featherweight division earlier this year, it has been a rough start. Germaine de Randamie was the original champion after she defeated former bantamweight champion Holly Holm via decision. De Randamie’s first title defense was supposed to be against Justino, but de Randamie refused to accept the fight, causing the UFC to strip her of the title earlier this month.
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UFC 214 will take place on July 29.