Not official, but Cyborg says she’s accepted UFC 221 title fight with Anderson
If the UFC women’s featherweight champion is to be believed, Cris Cyborg will make a quick turnaround and fight next month.
Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who’s fresh off her first title defense following a unanimous-decision victory over Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in this past weekend’s UFC 219 headliner, today announced she’s accepted a UFC 221 fight with Invicta FC 145-pound champion Megan Anderson (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
She made the announcement via Instagram:
“I got a call asking if I would fight @megana_mma in her home country and I said Yes!
UFC officials, though, haven’t made a formal announcement. And it’s not exactly clear who called Cyborg to propose the bout.
UFC 221 takes place Feb. 11 (but airs live Feb. 10 in North America due to the time difference) at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The card, which currently features a headliner between middleweight champ Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), is otherwise a little light on big-name fighters, so a second title featuring Cyborg would certainly give it a needed boost, if it is indeed booked.
With her win over Holm, Cyborg pushed her winning streak to 19 fights (with one no-contest). The 32-year-old Brazilian hasn’t lost since her 2005 pro debut, and 16 of her 19 career wins have come via knockout.
Anderson, a 27-year-old Australian, would be a natural fit for a card in her home country. The four-year pro, who was actually booked to fight Cyborg in July but later forced off the card due to personal reasons, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak with four knockouts. In her latest bout, she defeated Charmaine Tweet via head-kick knockout at Invicta FC 21 to win the interim title. She was later promoted to undisputed champ when Cyborg officially vacated the belt.
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