UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie refused to fight Cris Cyborg, got stripped of her title, and Cyborg vs Megan Anderson was made. This all seems to have happened within a 24 hour time period. The news dropped this morning via UFC.com.
“The UFC is delivering a world championship bout between Brazil’s Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Australia’s Megan Anderson. They will compete for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 214.
The bout will fill the vacancy left by the removal of Germaine de Randamie as 145-pound champion. The UFC explained the vacancy in a statement:
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. Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 214: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.
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.“
It makes good business sense to strip de Randamie of the title if she won’t defend it against Cyborg. However, the UFC saying their champions are expected to take on top contenders is laughable. As of late, no one has been defending their titles and all are just looking for the big money fights.
With Anderson coming from the Invicta organization and being much lesser known, expect the UFC to begin promoting and making her more of a household name.