Following her impressive UFC 219 win over the former bantamweight champ Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg received a call-out from a fellow featherweight who still has a score to settle.
Oh, what is there that can be done with Cris Cyborg, eh?
UFC 219 saw her emerge victorious in what was truly a dominant display in raw force over the former-bantamweight champion Holly Holm and though her opponent had her moments, Cyborg’s size, pressure and power proved to be the difference.
Holm’s pedigree as a striker is undeniable – with her boasting multiple world titles in boxing – but when it came down to it, she went into that match-up as a smaller and, more noticeably, the less powerful fighter, and while she was competitive throughout, in the exchanges it became clear early that her power just couldn’t match up to against the fearsome featherweight across from her.
With ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ now out of the way, many have wondered about exactly what will happen next in the future of the dominant Brazilian. Of course, with the relative youth of the featherweight division in the UFC, it’ll be hard to single out one top contender, but in a tweet sent to the champ directly after her win, Megan Anderson put forth her case and declared herself ready to give Cyborg a true featherweight test.
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) December 31, 2017
Anderson was originally booked to face Cris at UFC 214 before being forced to withdraw. Her replacement, Tonya Evinger, managed to put in a spirited effort but, like so many before her, crumbled under Justino’s attack.
Megan Anderson, who holds the Invicta featherweight title, probably stands as the option that makes the most sense for the UFC’s featherweight division right now. Throwing another bantamweight into a 145lber as big as Cyborg could well end up looking like a record on repeat and with four wins from her last four, all by way of knockout, could Anderson be the challenge Justino needs?
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena