Germaine de Randamie has been officially stripped of her featherweight title. Instead, former Strikeforce and Invicta champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ and current Invicta champion Megan Anderson will fight for the vacant belt at UFC 214.
The news was officially announced by the UFC on Monday.
De Randamie previously announced that she does not want to fight ‘Cyborg’ due to her history of failed PED tests. As a result, the UFC chose to remove her as the current women’s featherweight champion. The reasoning behind the decision is detailed in the below statement issued by the UFC.
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. Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC® 214: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.
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.
‘Cyborg’ (17-1, 1 NC) has gone 2-0 in the UFC in 140-lb catchweight bouts against Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg. Both victories came by way of TKO. Anderson (8-2), on the other hand, recently released from her Invicta FC contract in order to fight in the UFC, rides a four-fight win streak with all wins by TKO.
The bout will serve has the co-main event of the card.
UFC 214 takes place on July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and will be headlined by the rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.