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Megan Anderson out of UFC 214 title fight with Cyborg

Tonya Evinger Tonya Evinger , Mike Roach Zuffa LLC UFC Getty Images
Kristopher Love | 29 June, 2017, 08:57

Cris "Cyborg" Justino has received a new opponent for UFC 214, approximately four weeks out from when she will battle for the vacant 145 title.

The announcement was made late Tuesday night when Brett Okamoto of ESPN announced that badgirl Tonya Evinger will fill in for Anderson who is out due to "personal reasons".

Justino was originally tabbed to fight recent Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson, but the Australian was removed from the card and replaced by the current Invicta bantamweight titleholder Evinger. As for Tonya, she's a great opponent.

Cris Cyborg has yet another opponent for UFC 214 next month, after Megan Anderson was forced to pull out.

The change also impacted the upcoming Invicta FC 24 event, as Evinger was to fight Helena Kolesnyk in the main event.

Evinger had originally been scheduled to face Helena "Pretty" Kolesnyk as the main event for Invicta FC 24, they are now searching for her replacement. She is considered one of the most unsafe female fighters in MMA today.

The featherweight title became vacant when champion Germaine de Randamie was stripped of the belt for refusing to fight Cyborg. She has since won 17 straight contests and is widely considered to be among the top 2 or 3 female fighters in the world, pound for pound.

Evinger, 36, hasn't lost since dropping a unanimous decision to former UFC bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann on July 29, 2011. Cyborg on the other hand has finished all but one fight via strikes since making her professional debut back in 2005.

Megan Anderson will not be fighting for the UFC women's featherweight championship after all.

The showdown with Justino will be a co-main event at UFC 214 alongside the light heavyweight championship between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.