The UFC women’s featherweight jinx continues as Megan Anderson has announced that she’ll no longer be able to fight Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino at UFC 214 on July 29th due to personal reasons.
However, ‘Cyborg’ will still compete on the card, but instead of fighting Invicta FC’s 145lb champion, she’ll now be going up against their 135lb titlholder instead – Tonya Evinger.
Evinger has been on a roll over the past few years, remaining unbeaten in 11 fights, eight of which came while competing in the Invicta FC organization.
This will be the 36-year-old ‘Triple Threat’s’ first official fight in the UFC, though she did compete on The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, losing to Raquel Pennington in the preliminary round.
As for ‘Cyborg’, she is undoubtedly the most dominant female fighter in MMA, having won 19 of her 20 career fights, including 17 by way of T/KO.
Along the way she’s won featherweight titles in both Strikeforce and Invicta FC, and now against Evinger she has the chance to add a UFC belt to her collection too.
Meanwhile, Megan Anderson has issued a statement after withdrawing for the fight, and though she stops short of explaining exactly why she bowed out, she is still insisting that she’ll fight for the title at a later date.
“I have been wanting this fight for a long time and finally got the opportunity to showcase my skills on the big stage but unfortunately due to some pressing personal reasons that are out of my control, it is not to be right now,” Anderson wrote.
“I am no stranger to struggle and this is the biggest struggle I have faced yet, but I like always do, I will come back stronger and better than before and I will be coming straight for Cris, the title and becoming the face of the UFC 145lb division.
“I am determined and resolved to make history and shock the world. I’m coming for whoever has that belt.”