Germaine de Randamie has been stripped of the UFC women’s featherweight title that she won at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York in February. The announcement came via ESPN after de Randamie refused to fight top contender Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino.
The UFC will welcome Invicta Fighting Championship’s featherweight champion Megan Anderson who will meet Cyborg in the co-main event at UFC 214.
“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,” 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.”
UFC 214 takes place in Anaheim, California on July 29 and is headlined by a rematch between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones.
Invicta FC announced that bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger will move up to featherweight. Anderson was set set to defend her title for the first time when she met Helena Kolesnyk at Invicta FC 24 in July. That fight obviously will not happen now and it will be Evinger filling in, although not for a title.
Stay tuned for more.