The UFC’s Female Featherweight division takes another hit.
Seemingly the more things change, the more they stay the same. The UFC launched the Women’s Featherweight division and ever since their inaugural title fight was marred with controversy, things have only gone downhill. Germaine de Randamie won the fight and became the first champion. Holly Holm protested the result and lost an appeal. The UFC said Cyborg was up next, but de Randamie didn’t want that fight.
After Cyborg got into some hot water with USADA, things were up in the air. However, her suspension was amended and she was cleared to fight. She couldn’t seem to find anyone who’d step into the cage with her. She did have one fairly famous scrap outside of the Octagon, but her goal of becoming champion seemed distant.
The UFC stripped Germaine de Randamie of the title, and finally made a title fight for UFC 214. Cyborg was set to meet Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, Megan Anderson. Then, as quickly as it was announced, it was canceled. For reasons that have not been made entirely clear (believed to be VISA related), Megan is out. Enter Invicta champion and all around badass Tonya Evinger.
Tonya Evinger had just recently stepped in to take on Helena Kolesnyk at Invicta 24 on July 15th, in a fight, Shannon Knapp reported to the Real Quick Podcast was getting serious consideration of being tapped a 145-pound title fight. Evinger was stepping in for Megan Anderson in that fight as well. It’s a crazy MMA world we’re living in. Bottom line, at UFC 214 Cris Cyborg and Tonya Evinger will meet for the UFC Women’s Featherweight championship.