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De Randamie stripped of title, Cris Cyborg to face Megan Anderson for featherweight belt

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<p>Germaine de Randamie has been officially stripped of her featherweight title. Instead, former Strikeforce and Invicta champion Cris &lsquo;Cyborg&rsquo; and current Invicta champion Megan Anderson will fight for the vacant belt at UFC 214.</p> <p>The news was <a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/Cyborg-faces-Anderson-for-FW-title-at-UFC-214">officially announced</a> by the UFC on Monday.</p> <p>De Randamie previously announced that she does not want to fight &lsquo;Cyborg&rsquo; due to her history of failed PED tests. As a result, the UFC chose to remove her as the current women&rsquo;s featherweight champion. The reasoning behind the decision is detailed in the below statement issued by the UFC.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women&rsquo;s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris &lsquo;Cyborg&#39; Justino. Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women&rsquo;s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC&reg; 214: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.<br /> <br /> 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.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>&lsquo;Cyborg&rsquo; (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.</p> <p>The bout will serve has the co-main event of the card.</p> <p>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.</p>

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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