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Cris Cyborg to Face Tonya Evinger for UFC Belt

Cris Cyborg to Face Tonya Evinger for UFC Belt

The planned fight between Cris Cyborg and Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson is off. But fear not! Cyborg will now take on Tonya Evinger – also an Invicta champ – for the UFC belt.

Whereas Anderson is a slugger and would’ve probably duked it out with the Brazilian, Evinger is a grappler who will try to test Cyborg on the ground.

Here’s the official release:

Due to personal issues, Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson has been forced to withdraw from her UFC 214 bout against Cris “Cyborg” Justino on July 29.

Stepping in for Anderson in the bout for the vacant UFC featherweight title will be Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger.

“This is something I’ve thought about doing – going up to 145 pounds – just to get more competition,” Evinger told UFC.com’s Matt Parrino. “I even said I’d go down to 125, but the opportunity was at 145 and I’m definitely willing to beat up on some ‘45ers.”

Unbeaten for nearly six years, Evinger has been among the best fighters in the world since her pro debut in 2006, and she has fought the best of the best, including Julie Kedzie, Sara McMann and Alexis Davis. But it was in Invicta that the 36-year-old Missouri native began to rise to the elite level, with her victories over Sarah D’Alelio, Cindy Dandois and Irene Aldana making her a star in the promotion. Now on July 29, this fearless competitor, who has finished five of her last six victories, gets a chance to add UFC gold to her trophy case when she battles Cyborg.

“I think I match up better than any of her other opponents,” Evinger said. “I think my style is really unpredictable. I’m tough and you’ve never seen me in a fight where I got my ass really beat up. I think I’m a perfect matchup; I drag people where they don’t want to go and I make a fight hard for them. I don’t fight other people’s fights. It’s a frame of mind. I’m just an old school wrestler and I think it’s just a frame of mind. We’re tough and we come out there to fight.”

In the UFC 214 main event, which airs live on Pay-Per-View from Honda Center in Anaheim, it’s the long-awaited rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Jon Jones.

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