To be the best you have to beat the best, but you also have to keep beating the best – which, apparently, is something Germaine de Randamie didn’t want to do.
After defeating Holly Holm for the inaugural UFC 145-pound female championship, GDR made every excuse on the planet when it came to a potential match-up against Cris “Cyborg” Justino, who many consider is the uncrowned queen of the division.
Well, no GDR is out, and Cyborg will be facing Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson for the belt.
As per official UFC release:
The fighters wanted it and the fans wanted it, and on Saturday, July 29, the UFC is delivering a world championship bout between Brazil’s Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Australia’s Megan Anderson, who will compete for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 214.
The bout will fill the vacancy left by the removal of Germaine de Randamie as 145-pound champion. The UFC explained the vacancy in a statement.
“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. Subsequently, 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.
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.”