The UFC have confirmed that they have stripped Germaine De Randamie of the woman’s 145lbs title. De Randamie won the inaugural woman’s Featherweight title at UFC 208 when she defeated former UFC Woman’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm. Since then, De Randamie has sat on the sidelines with her team expressing their disinterest in defending the title against the Former Invicta Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg.
“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.”
Cris Cyborg will now get her shot at UFC gold when she takes on the current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Megan Anderson in the co-main event at UFC 214 in Anaheim July 29.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) June 19, 2017
Cyborg (17-1-1) is coming off two TKO finishes since making the move over from Invicta FC to the UFC. Both bouts were at a catchweight of 140lbs due to being unable to make the Women’s Bantamweight limit. Cyborg gave up her Invicta FC title and will now finally fight for the vacant UFC title after missing out on fighting for the title previously due to her recovering from a previous weight cut.
Megan Anderson (8-2) currently holds the Invicta FC Featherweight title after defeating Charmaine Tweet by second round TKO this past January for the interim title. After cyborg gave up the title she was promoted to the undisputed champion. She is currently riding a four fight win streak, all coming via TKO finishes.
Both women will get their first shot at UFC gold when they fight for the vacant title. This fight is headlined by a UFC Light heavyweight Championship bout between the current Champion Daniel Cormier and the former champion Jon Jones.