Things in the Women’s Featherweight division have been moving rapidly this week!
Firstly Germaine de Randamie is no longer the division’s Queen, she has been stripped of her title by UFC and it has been announced by the promotion that it is due to her ‘unwillingness’ to defend the belt against number 1 Featherweight challenger Cris Cyborg.
In a statement on UFC.com, the promotion announced – “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. 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.”
A few weeks ago Germaine’s manager confirmed that the now-former champion would refuse to fight Cyborg because she is a known cheater, in turn, Germaine also suggested that she would like to return to Bantamweight, something she had planned all along and had the UFC’s blessing for.
Germaine has now issued a statement which reads in full – “As many of you will know, the UFC has stripped me from the belt. For those of us who do not know what that means; The UFC has unpacked my title because I refuse to fight against their number one challenger. (I have my reasons for that) It’s great to hear this news from the media and I’m sorry that it’s running, but it’s what it’s!
Well, I hear you thinking again ‘She’s scared! What a bad champion! A shame for the sport! She did not deserve to be a champion!’ Etc, etc. I’ve seen it all over. But apart from what everyone thinks/finds, I’m walking my own path. And there you can agree or not.
That I’m stripped does not mean I’m stopping. This only means that I have even more reason to knock NOG (literally something) for which I stand and what I want.
The UFC is not long for me! It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand along. Die with memories, not dreams!”
So who will face off next for the title? Well, we don’t have to wait very long to find out, as it seems the UFC has already moved forward – The UFC confirmed that Cris Cyborg will finally see her dream become a reality as she will face off for the vacant title, her opponent will be Australian standout, Megan Anderson.
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The UFC announced the move in a statement saying “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.
The move comes after months of Cyborg trying to get matched up in her division, she recently went on the Big Brown Breakdown to voice her opinion on the way the promotion has treated her, stating all she wants to do is just fight. Well now she has the chance to, and this time it’s for all the marbles!
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