Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino is no longer scheduled to fight Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California on July 29th.
UFC officials confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday night that Anderson was forced to withdraw from the UFC women’s featherweight title bout for personal reasons.
Later on Tuesday evening, Anderson herself took to social media to further explain her withdrawal and to promise that she will return at at a later date to “shock the world”.
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) June 28, 2017
‘Cyborg’, however, is still set to challenge for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title at the highly-anticipated July event and she is still set to take on an Invicta FC champion. That’s because Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger has stepped in to replace Anderson.
Evinger(19-5, 1NC), who was originally scheduled to face Helena Kolesnyk in a featherweight contest at an Invicta FC event just a couple of weeks prior to UFC 214, has been on fire in recent years. She has gone 10-0 with 1 No Contest since a July 2011 loss to Sara McMann. She did lose to the teak tough Raquel Pennington on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter during that time, but all bouts that take place on the reality show are considered exhibitions and do not count toward a fighter’s official record. Evinger also suffered losses to quality operators like Gina Carano and Alexis Davis early in her career.
The 36-year-old won the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title in July of 2015, stopping Irene Aldana in the fourth round, and has since gone on to make three successful title defences.
‘Cyborg’, herself a former Invicta FC champ at featherweight, has not lost since she tapped out to a leglock on her professional debut back in 2005. She has since won 17 straight contests and is widely considered to be among the top 2 or 3 female fighters in the world, pound for pound.