Germaine de Randamie Issues Statement After UFC Strips Her of Featherweight Title

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 20, 2017

On Monday morning, the UFC announced that former champion Germaine de Randamie was stripped of the belt.

Ever since winning the inaugural UFC women's featherweight title back in February at UFC 208, Germaine de Randamie has been pretty quiet.

When asked for her thoughts on de Randamie's decision not to fight her and her subsequent title stripping, Cyborg refused to stick the knife in further and even went as far as suggesting they could fight later down the line.

After she gave up on the idea of an immediate fight with De Randamie though, "Cyborg" began campaigning the UFC to make a fight between her and Australia's Anderson, who was more than willing to face the feared 31-year-old veteran.

"UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport", the organization announced in its statement. Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women's featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC® 214: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif. Cyborg (Justino) is going to fight Megan (Anderson) for the belt.

De Randamine's public reason for refusing to fight Justino is her past performance-enhancing drug use.

As for Anderson, she joins the UFC from Invicta FC where she was their current featherweight champion, having claimed the belt in January after defeating Charmaine Tweet via TKO.

Justino obviously has a UFC contract as well, but she was originally brought in to compete at a lower weight class. She's said she's asked for that fight before and my management said I wasn't ready.

Anderson (8-2) will be making her UFC debut. If that fight happens at UFC 214, I want to shock the world because everyone thinks I'm not at that level and I'm not capable of beating her and she's just this machine. They knew we wanted the fight this whole time.

"Cyborg"(17-1), who has always been considered the best female featherweight in the world, has not fought since September of previous year, when she destroyed Lina Lansberg in Brasilia.

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