The UFC has been very quiet as of late when it comes to their women’s featherweight division, however that is about to change.
The organization has booked Cris Cyborg vs. Megan Anderson for the 145-pound title at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California. The UFC is expected to make an official announcement in the coming days.
The current UFC featherweight champion will be stripped of her title, after refusing to defend her belt and announcing a move back down to bantamweight. She became the inaugural champion after defeating Holly Holm by way of unanimous decision back in February.
Cyborg (17-1, 1 NC) is currently the number one ranked featherweight fighter in the world.. The Brazilian hasn’t fought since her September victory over Lina Länsberg. She was provisionally suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in December, though after a two-month investigation, she was granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption for Spironolactone, a physician-prescribed diuretic. She did not receive any sanctions from USADA or the UFC. This upcoming fight will be the first time she fights at 145 pounds in the UFC.
Anderson (8-2) became Invicta’s interim featherweight champion when she defeated Charmaine Tweet in January. She was named Invicta’s official 145-pound champion after then-champion Cyborg, vacated the title in March.
UFC 214 takes place on July 29, 2017 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.