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Tonya Evinger gets UFC shot, faces Cris Cyborg for title at UFC 214

It’s been a longtime coming but Invicta Fighting Championship’s bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger will finally get her shot in the UFC.Tonya Evinger gets UFC shot, faces Cris Cyborg for title at UFC 214

Invicta’s featherweight champion Megan Anderson was scheduled to fight Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino in the co-main event in Anaheim, California on July 29, but Anderson was forced to withdraw today due to personal reasons.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride.

Let’s start here and see if you can keep up:

Cris Cyborg was the Invicta FC featherweight champion.  She was called to the UFC where she filled in for two fights at a catchweight of 140 pounds.  Cyborg was later suspended by USADA for a potential doping violation.

In January, Megan Anderson defeated Charmaine Tweet for an interim Invicta FC featherweight title.

In February, Cyborg was cleared of the doping violation and granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption.

In March, Cyborg relinquished the Invicta title, and Anderson claimed the official title.

In February the UFC held an inaugural womens’ featherweight title matchup between two women who were competing in the UFC’s bantamweight division.  Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm both moved up.  De Randamie won the title via a decision.

Last week the UFC stripped de Randamie of the title and Megan Anderson was called up to the UFC to fill in a fight against Cyborg for a now vacant UFC featherweight title.

Invicta FC then announced that their bantamweight champ in Tonya Evinger would move up to face Helen Kolesnyk at 145 pounds after Anderson got the call to the UFC.  Anderson was going to fight Kolesnyk at Invicta FC 24.

Now with Anderson out of the Cyborg fight, Evinger moves up to the UFC and will fight for the vacant featherweight title.

Milana Dudieva vs. Mara Romero Borella is the new Invicta FC 24 headliner after both Anderson and Evinger are off that card.

In the UFC 214 main event, which airs live on Pay-Per-View from Honda Center in Anaheim, it’s the long-awaited rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Jon Jones.

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  1. […] than 48 hours ago we learned that Invicta Fighting Championships featherweight champion Megan Anderson could not make the call up to the UFC on July 29 where she was set to fight for the vacant featherweight title against Cris […]

  2. […] steps into the octagon for the biggest fight of her career, a UFC featherweight title bout in the co-main event of UFC 214 against Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino, Mahon spoke with us at to discuss his own […]

  3. […] but, something has come in-between the two each time. The long anticipated rematch takes place at UFC 214, July 29, 2017 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, […]

  4. […] the second ending in a submission loss. Evinger has now vacated the title in order to compete this Saturday’s UFC 214 against former Invicta Featherweight Champ Cris “Cyborg” […]

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