Cris Cyborg is happy she’s taking on Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson and not Germaine de Randamie.
Cris Cyborg won’t have to wait around anymore to fight for the UFC featherweight belt. After former champion Germaine de Randamie was stripped of her belt by the UFC, Cris will now take on Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson.
A switch that, as Cyborg told Combate, makes her happier than the original fight.
“We knew she never wanted to fight me. There was some people in her camp that warned me about it, they said she wasn’t going to fight me. I wanted to close the fight as soon as possible. I believe she knew they would do that. I don’t think it came as a surprise, or that she learned about it on the internet. The UFC was in touch with her manager, they wanted to put me against her, but I knew it wouldn’t be that quick.”
“Maybe she was dropping to bantamweight to become a two-division champion. I guess that was her excuse, but she thought she couldn’t defend and keep her belt. She didn’t want the fight. Her first excuse was saying her hand was hurt, then she said she had family problems, then she called me a cheater. It was a new excuse everyday.
“This fight against Megan is a big opportunity. She has the Invicta belt, which I vacated, so it’s a perfect match. It’s a real featherweight fight.”
Cris Cyborg is expected to take on Megan Anderson for the UFC female featherweight title at UFC 214, on July 29, in Anaheim, California. The card will be headlined by a rematch for the light heavyweight title between champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones.