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Posted by on 2017/06/17 · Comments: 00 · Filed under: News, Opinion

As reported by MMAFighting.com, Cris Cyborg is expected to get her title shot against current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, Megan Anderson, under the UFC banner. This will mark Cyborg’s first fight at 145 pounds.

It is still unclear how the promotion will handle getting the belt off Germaine de Randamie, however, it’s exciting to know the UFC is committed to building this division. Germaine de Randamie became the inaugural champion in February when she defeated Holly Holm via a controversial decision, however, since then, she has been inactive. Most recently, de Randamie faced the media after months of silence refusing to fight known “cheater,” Cris Cyborg. She also said she was going to focus on returning to the 135-pound division as well, which leaves us with the fight that should have happened to begin with.

Justino (17-1, 1 NC), considered the best featherweight of all time, hasn’t fought since her September win over Lina Länsberg. She was provisionally suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in December, but was later granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Anderson (8-2) became the Invicta Featherweight Champion after defeating Charmaine Tweet via knockout. Since then, she’s been actively campaigning for a UFC contract and a shot at the most dangerous female on the planet.

What does this fight mean to the UFC’s 145-pound division?
This is huge. At first, the fate of this division was unknown, however, it seems like the UFC is committed and ready to move forward. I don’t expect many 145-pound fighters to be signed immediately after the fight, however, I do see many woman moving up in weight to help cement this division. What will be most interesting, is what the UFC will do after this fight.

These are the best women at 145 currently, besides those signed to Bellator. The division truly has slim pickings, however, they have many internal fighters willing to move up in weight as well. If I were the UFC, I would book Holly Holm against the loser at UFC 214. I would call up bantamweight fighters like Cat Zingano, Julianna Pena, and (eventually) Amanda Nunes, while also signing top prospects like Charmaine Tweet and other 145-pounders from Invicta FC to start building the division. I would also spread out the featherweight fights throughout the year and eventually start generating hype around the champion, once a real one is crowned.

At this point, it almost seems as if Anderson is the only one who can stop Cyborg. If she doesn’t work on defending the hits and learning how to pick apart Cyborg, she [Anderson] will go down like the rest of them. Meagan showed many holes in her game against Tweet when standing up. What makes this fight intriguing though, is the size difference and reach advantage Anderson will have over Cyborg. She also seems unfazed and more than ready for the challenge.

One thing that is for sure, this fight will be one of the best female fights in UFC history. It’s time to make the featherweight division great.

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