Following her first-round loss to featherweight champion Amanda Nunes this past weekend at UFC 259, former title challenger Megan Anderson is no longer under contract with the UFC promotion. The news of Anderson’s release from the company came from MMA Fighting, while there was some immediate confusion over the status of the UFC’s women’s featherweight division.
MMA journalists Drake Riggs noted Monday night that Anderson took to Instagram and said herself that the UFC is doing away with the women’s featherweight division. A report from Marc Raimondi of ESPN stated that is not true according to the UFC and that the division will stay around if that’s what Amanda Nunes would like, according to Dana White.
As for Anderson’s run in the UFC, she departs from the promotion after making her debut in 2018 against former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. In her six fights with the promotion, Megan Anderson went 3-3 with her three losses coming to Holm, Felicia Spencer, and Nunes. She came into the UFC after being the former Invicta FC featherweight champion, in hopes that she along with others like Spencer, Holm, Cris Cyborg, and Nunes would keep the division going. Additionally, the report from ESPN states that Anderson is currently dealing with injuries and could re-sign with the UFC in the future if both parties were open to it.
After Nunes successfully defended the featherweight title once again at UFC 259 last weekend, Dana White spoke to the media and said that the division would stick around if the champion decided she wants to keep defending both that title and her bantamweight title. It would seem the issue that now lies ahead for White and the UFC, is finding relative competition at 145-pounds for Nunes to face, which was an issue when the division began as well.
Since the birth of the women’s featherweight division, Nunes has racked up a first-round KO over Cris Cyborg, a decision win over Felicia Spencer, and the first-round submission victory over Anderson. Also during her time as two-weight champion, Nunes has successfully defended her bantamweight title with wins over Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.
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