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 UFC has announced that “Cyborg” will no longer fight Megan Anderson at the Anaheim event, as the latter has pulled out of the contest due to person reasons. Stepping in for Anderson is Invicta FC’s bantamweight champ, Tonya Evinger. The 36 year-old fighter, who hasn’t lost in 11 bouts, was quoted saying this in the official announcement:
“This is something I’ve thought about doing – going up to 145 pounds – just to get more competition,” Evinger said. “I even said I’d go down to 125, but the opportunity was at 145 and I’m definitely willing to beat up on some ‘45ers.”
“I think I match up better than any of her other opponents,” Evinger added, while discussing her bout with Justino. “I think my style is really unpredictable. I’m tough and you’ve never seen me in a fight where I got my ass really beat up. I think I’m a perfect matchup; I drag people where they don’t want to go and I make a fight hard for them…I’m just an old school wrestler and I think it’s just a frame of mind. We’re tough and we come out there to fight.”
So, this is a big change to the upcoming card, and Evinger deserves a ton of praise for agreeing to face one of the most feared fighters in the UFC, on one month’s notice.
The switch is just the latest in a series of interesting events that have hit the women’s 145 division, since the UFC introduced it. Justino – Anderson came about after now former champ, Germaine de Randamie, was stripped of the featherweight title. The Dutch fighter’s camp reported that de Randamie would not fight “Cyborg”, while referring to the latter as a “proven cheater”.
UFC 214 will feature light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier taking on Jon Jones in the headliner.