It’s been nearly a year since her last fight, but Cris “Cyborg” Justino is officially set to enter the Octagon again.
The UFC announced this week that Cyborg will face Megan Anderson in the co-main event of UFC 214 next month for the newly vacant women’s featherweight championship.
The organization has stripped Germaine de Randamie — who defeated Holly Holm at UFC 208 in February for the inaugural title — for refusing to fight Justino.
The title is now up for grabs.
“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,” the UFC said in a statement. “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.”
The Justino-Anderson will be just the second fight in the UFC’s new women’s division.
Cyborg (17-1) has won her first two UFC fights, both by TKO. The last time she fought was in 2016 against Lina Länsberg, but complained that making the cut to 145 pounds was to difficult and unhealthy for her.
For Anderson, it will be her UFC debut… and she believes she will shock fans who believe Cyborg is unbeatable. “I definitely think the UFC created this division around one person [Justino], but unfortunately I don’t think she is someone you can build around,” Anderson said, according to ESPN. “As dominant as she’s been, she doesn’t have the other aspects it takes for that. I do.”