Megan Anderson out, Tonya Evinger in for title fight vs. ‘Cyborg’ Justino at UFC 214
And yet here’s another turn in the saga of the UFC women’s featherweight championship. Tonya Evinger will replace Megan Anderson to face Cristiane Justino for the women’s 145-pound title at UFC 214, the UFC announced tonight.
The title fight will co-headline the pay-per-view card, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Anderson, the Invicta FC featherweight champion, issued a statement on Twitter, citing “pressing personal reasons” as to why she can’t fight.
The bout change represents another twist in what has been a strange saga since the UFC created a women’s featherweight division. After Germaine de Randamie defeated Holly Holm in February to win the inaugural championship, it was assumed she would eventually defend her title against Justino. Months of ambiguity from de Randamie’s camp eventually culminated with the outright declaration that she refused to fight “Cyborg” because of her troubled past with performance enhancing drugs.
That led the UFC to strip de Randamie of the belt and create a fight between Anderson (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) for the vacant title at UFC 214.
Now Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) replaces Anderson, which affects two upcoming cards as Evinger, the Invicta FC bantamweight champion, was scheduled to headline Invicta FC 24 on July 15 in a non-title featherweight bout vs. undefeated Helena Kolesnyk. That fight is off completely, with Milana Dudieva (11-5) vs. Mara Romero Borella (10-4-1) promoted to main event.
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