Cris “Cyborg” Justino will fight Megan Anderson for the featherweight belt, instead of Germaine de Randamie, and the Brazilian star’s reporting she knew things would play out this way.
Several weeks ago now, “Cyborg” started calling for a bout with de Randamie. At the time, it wasn’t clear when the Dutch fighter would return to the cage, and then, de Randamie’s camp announced that she wouldn’t fight Justino. The reason being, according to her team, was because Justino is a “proven cheater”.
Well, fast forward to today, and de Randamie has been stripped of the belt, and Justino will scrap Anderson for the title at UFC 214. Recently “Cyborg” spoke to Combate about what’s unfolded, and while doing so, she reportedly said this (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“We knew she never wanted to fight me. There was some people in her camp that warned me about it, they said she wasn’t going to fight me. I wanted to close the fight as soon as possible. I believe she knew they would do that. I don’t think it came as a surprise, or that she learned about it on the internet. The UFC was in touch with her manager, they wanted to put me against her, but I knew it wouldn’t be that quick.”
“Maybe she was dropping to bantamweight to become a two-division champion. I guess that was her excuse, but she thought she couldn’t defend and keep her belt. She didn’t want the fight. Her first excuse was saying her hand was hurt, then she said she had family problems, then she called me a cheater. It was a new excuse everyday.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what comes next for de Randamie, considering everything that’s happened. The accomplished striker hasn’t fought now since she won a controversial decision over Holly Holm, to become the inaugural, women’s featherweight champ.
Justino – Anderson will serve as the co-main event for UFC 214, which will take place on July 29th in Anaheim, California. Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones II will be the headliner.