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De Randamie stripped: It’s ‘Cyborg’ and Evinger for featherweight belt at UFC 214

The UFC announced June 19 that Dutch inaugural UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (7-3-0) has been stripped of her belt, with a bout between Brazilian Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (17-1-0, 1NC) and former Invicta FC bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger (19-5-0, 1NC) – who is replacing Australian interim Invicta FC featherweight champ Megan Anderson (8-2-0) – will determine the next champion at UFC 214 July 29.

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“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,” the company said in a statement on its website. “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.”

De Randamie defeated Holly Holm in a controversial bout at UFC 208 back in February. She is on record as refusing to fight Justino because of her past drug test failures, considering her a “cheater.”

Justino was cleared in February of a potential anti-doping violation and granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption. She previously tested positive for steroids in 2011 and was suspended for one year and fined $2,500.

“Cyborg” is unbeaten in MMA for 12 years now, defeating Lina Lansberg by TKO in her last UFC bout. at UFC Fight Night 95 in September 2016. She relinquished her Invicta FC featherweight belt in 2016 in anticipation of moving to the UFC and a new women’s featherweight division.

Evinger received the call June 27 when Anderson revealed “personal issues” for her withdrawal from the bout. She is unbeaten in seven Invicta fights, with a no-contest with Yana Kunitskaya at Invicta FC 20 – followed by a win over Kunitskaya at Invicta FC 22 – being her only blemish.

UFC 214 is scheduled to take place July 29 at the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. In the main event, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier faces former champion Jon Jones in a rematch.

Other scheduled matches include:

Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) vs Jon Jones (22-1-0)

Aljamain Sterling  (13-2-0) vs Renan Barao (34-4-0)

Kailin Curran (4-4-0) vs Alexandra Albu (2-0-0)

Andre Fili (16-4-0) vs Doo Hoo Choi (14-2-0)

Josh Burkman (28-15-0) vs Drew Dober (17-8-0)

Dimitri Soliakov (8-2-0) vs Adam Wiezczorek (8-1-0)

Eric Shelton (10-3-0) vs Jarred Brooks (12-0-0)

Jimi Manuwa (17-2-0) vs Volkan Oezdemir (14-1-0)

Sage Northcutt (8-2-0) vs Claudio Puelles (7-2-0)

Cristiane Justino (17-1-0, 1NC) vs Megan Anderson (8-2-0)


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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