If you’re one of the folks who speculated that Megan Anderson withdrew from UFC 214 because she’s ‘scared’ of Cris “Cyborg” Justino, well, the featherweight says you’re mistaken.
Anderson was booked to fight “Cyborg” on July 29th for the now vacated, 145 title. But, then it was announced last week that Anderson had to withdraw from the bout due personal reasons, and that Tonya Evinger was stepping in for the Australian fighter. Since then, there’s been talk and speculation as to why Anderson had to pull out, and some have floated the idea that she decided to withdraw, because she’s intimidated by Justino. Especially after, the argument goes, footage of Justino sparring decorated boxer Claressa Shields went up.
“The thing that pisses me off the most is people think like I’m scared when that’s far from the truth.
“I’ve seen that and I was even more confident going into that fight. I seen a lot more holes in her game from that footage than I saw positives. I was even more excited for the fight. It was almost like the opposite of what people said and maybe we can rematch that fight when on the card when McGregor comes back.”
Now, when you consider that Anderson repeatedly called for a bout with “Cyborg”, and what was on the line at UFC 214, it’s very hard to imagine her pulling out because she was ‘scared’. Anderson also relayed that “honestly I don’t owe anyone an explanation. I have personal stuff”, in response to all the speculation regarding her withdrawal. She’s right.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Anderson. Will the UFC book her to fight the winner of “Cyborg” – Evinger? Or will they have her fight someone else in the interim?
UFC 214 will take place on July 29th in Anaheim, California.