Germaine de Randamie has been removed as the UFC women’s featherweight champion, the mixed martial arts organization announced on Monday.
De Randamie, who defeated Holly Holm for the inaugural women’s featherweight title at UFC 208 in February, was stripped of her title for refusing to defend her belt against Cris “Cyborg” Justino. De Randamie called Justino a “proven cheater” after having failed multiple drug tests in the past.
“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,” the UFC said in a statement. “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.”
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With de Randamie out as the featherweight champion, Justino will now face Megan Anderson in the co–main event of UFC 214 on July 29 for the belt.
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