Currently, the UFC’s women’s 145-pound division only consists of two fighters. De Randamie (7-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Cristiane Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC). However, the UFC is having a difficult time booking a championship fight between the two. De Randamie is apparently still not ready to enter the octagon, even after winning the gold nearly three months ago with a unanimous decision over Holly Holm at UFC 208.
This won’t stop “Cyborg” from moving on, though. With or without the champion, Cris “Cyborg” has said she wants to compete at July’s UFC 214 event, which takes place in her adopted backyard of Anaheim, Calif.
The question is, who could face off against Justino if not “The Iron Lady?”
Enter current Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson (8-2). Although not many fighters are willing to fight “Cyborg,” she’s adamant she wants to face Justino as soon as possible, and the July 29 pay-per-view event at Honda Center appears to be perfect for her.
If a fight between Justino and Anderson did take place at UFC 214, there’s still the question of whether any sort of championship belt would come into play. Or possibly an interim title?
Anderson is currently the Invicta FC women’s featherweight title holder, which was previously owned by Justino. The Australian is not officially under UFC contract, but it wouldn’t be the first time the UFC and Invicta FC have allowed fighters to cross over between organizations.
Justino is definitely the No. 1 contender to de Randamie’s belt. However, if it’s not happening as soon as UFC 214, the Brazilian recently told “The MMA Hour” that it’s time to move on.
“I am very excited about this fight (with Anderson), and I called out this fight a long time, because I think she’s a 145-pounder. “This fight was supposed to happen a long time again, and then (it didn’t) happen because her manager talked to the UFC and thought she needed more time, needed more fights. But they think this is the real fight. This is the real fight for the belt at 145.”
— #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) May 3, 2017