Megan Anderson had to withdraw from her UFC 214 title fight against Cris Cyborg. Now Tonya Evinger will get a shot at vacant gold.
Cris Cyborg will fight at UFC 214 for the vacant women’s featherweight title, but not against Megan Anderson as originally expected.
With Anderson having to withdraw from the bout, Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger will step in for a chance at the UFC’s 145-pound title. UFC officials announced the fight on Tuesday evening.
Cyborg and Evinger will serve as the fight card’s co-main event on Saturday, July 29, in Anaheim, Calif.
UFC officials did not officially announce why Anderson withdrew from the fight, but ESPN reported that Anderson was pulled due to personal reasons. Sources within Anderson’s camp told the outlet that she is “looking forward to fighting Cyborg for a UFC title at a later date,” but wouldn’t comment any further on the situation.
Cyborg and Evinger will fight for the featherweight title after the UFC stripped former champion Germaine de Randamie, who bested Holly Holm for the belt back in February. UFC officials said in a statement that a “champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders,” suggesting she was unwilling to fight Cyborg.
The promotion then worked to book Anderson against Cyborg, ultimately announcing the fight for the vacant belt just last week to take place at UFC 214. Evinger was scheduled to fight for Invicta FC in July, but with Anderson out, the UFC moved to sweep up the Invicta title holder and maintain the pay-per-view’s co-featured bout.
UFC 214 is scheduled to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champ Daniel Cormier and former title holder Jon Jones.