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Germaine de Randamie Stripped of UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship; “Cyborg” Justino vs. Megan Anderson Set for UFC 214

In a report published on ESPN.com this morning, it appears UFC is moving forward with an attempt to reset the women’s featherweight division.

UFC released a statement first regarding the status of champion Germaine de Randamie, who won the women’s featherweight championship in a bout against Holly Holm at UFC 208 in February.  She had been openly vocal about not wanting to face Cris “Cyborg” Justino, citing Justino’s past drug testing infractions as a part of the reason.  The company elected to strip her of the championship as a result.  The statement read:

“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 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.”

Additionally, the company set a fight between Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Megan Anderson (8-2) at UFC 214 as the co-main event for the now-vacant championship.  That event takes place on July 29 in Anaheim, CA.  Anderson is the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion, who told ESPN that she has signed a multi-fight deal with UFC.  The bout will be the second of the short history of the women’s featherweight division.

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About Bill Wentz (1561 Articles)
Ring-Rap.com's Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at bwentz@ring-rap.com

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