Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino to Fight Tonya Evinger over Megan Anderson at UFC 214

Cris “Cyborg” Justino will face Tonya Evinger instead of Megan Anderson for the vacant featherweight championship at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, on July 29.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reported Tuesday UFC officials confirmed Anderson withdrew from t…

Cris “Cyborg” Justino will face Tonya Evinger instead of Megan Anderson for the vacant featherweight championship at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, on July 29.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reported Tuesday UFC officials confirmed Anderson withdrew from the scheduled bout because of personal reasons. Evinger—who is the 135-pound champion of Invicta FC—will take her place.

Justino boasts a 17-1 record and would be a formidable opponent for even the best UFC foes. Evinger is a current champion in the all-female fight promotion Invicta FC, but this matchup figures to be a daunting challenge.

Still, Okamoto called it “a huge development” for the fighter, who was previously set to headline an Invicta event on July 15.

The showdown with Justino will be a co-main event at UFC 214 alongside the light heavyweight championship between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

As for a potential matchup between Anderson and Justino, Okamoto noted Anderson’s representatives said she is “looking forward to fighting Cyborg for a UFC title at a later date.”

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Felice Herrig Says She’s ‘Not Young and Beautiful’ Enough for the UFC to Promote

Over the last year, veteran fighter Felice Herrig has quietly transformed from being part-fighter, part-social media personality to a legitimate contender in the UFC’s strawweight division. And at UFC Fight Night 112, she posted what could be the best …

Over the last year, veteran fighter Felice Herrig has quietly transformed from being part-fighter, part-social media personality to a legitimate contender in the UFC’s strawweight division. And at UFC Fight Night 112, she posted what could be the best win of her 12-year combat sports career in her under-the-radar bout with Justine Kish.

But why has that transformation been quiet? Why was her fight under the radar? According to Herrig, it’s because she doesn’t fit into the UFC’s narrow mold of a “promotable” female fighter. 

“I think that I had one bad performance, and because I’m a veteran in this sport you can’t look at me as this new up-and-comer that they can be like, ‘This girl is going to be the next big thing,'” she said in the UFC Fight Night 112 post-fight press conference (via MMAFighting.com‘s Danny Segura). “I already solidified myself in this sport … I’ve fought some of the best and fought completely out of my weight class in so many fights.”

Herrig‘s gripe is valid there. Man or woman, the UFC has proven itself less-than-inclined to invest in aged fighters over the years, with surging competitors often forced to toil away on undercards despite looking phenomenal for extended periods of time (38-year-old Francisco Trinaldo being a great recent example).

As she said that and her voice cracked more and more, however, it was easy to tell that there was a deeper gripe. She didn’t try and hide it, either, and continued her thoughts.

“Honestly, if you want to know the truth, sometimes I feel like I’m not young and beautiful for the UFC to want to promote me. … It’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through who just got to the UFC at the right time, and they’re getting all these opportunities,” she said. “I see how hard I’ve worked to get here and it doesn’t matter because I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger, so I don’t know.”

It’s hard to argue with her, insofar as the UFC prioritizing, highlighting and promoting women’s physical appearance over actual in-cage accomplishments. There are numerous examples of the UFC, openly or subtly, focusing on the beauty of a handful of its competitors rather than any actual sport-related credentials, which the promotion has been criticized for many times over the years.

Unfortunately, it seems there is little Herrig can do to shake the UFC from this approach. That said, she plainly stated that she is far from alone in feeling this way, and, as such, her colleagues and fans could back her up and possibly place pressure on the UFC over the coming weeks.

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UFC Removes Planned August Event from Schedule, UFC 215 to Be Held September 9

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has scrapped its planned August event from the schedule and will now hold UFC 215 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on September 9.
That same date and venue was set to be host for UFC 216, but the UFC…

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has scrapped its planned August event from the schedule and will now hold UFC 215 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on September 9.

That same date and venue was set to be host for UFC 216, but the UFC announced via its official website that that is no longer the plan, as the Review Journal‘s Adam Hill confirmed the switch-up on Monday:

Wilson Reis and Henry Cejudo are confirmed as two of the combatants scheduled to fight in a flyweight bout at UFC 215, while fans can also look forward to a heavyweight duel between Luis Henrique and Arjan Bhullar.

  

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Cyborg Justino Pleads Not Guilty to Charge for Allegedly Punching Angela Magana

Cris “Cyborg” Justino has pleaded not guilty to her battery charge stemming from an alleged punch on a fellow UFC fighter, according to TMZ. 
The original incident occurred at a UFC retreat in May, when she and Angela Magana got in a confrontation…

Cris “Cyborg” Justino has pleaded not guilty to her battery charge stemming from an alleged punch on a fellow UFC fighter, according to TMZ

The original incident occurred at a UFC retreat in May, when she and Angela Magana got in a confrontation about social media that allegedly ended with a punch from Justino and a charge for battery.

She will be due back in court in August.

 


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Conor McGregor Will KO Floyd Mayweather Inside 35 Seconds, Says Tyson Fury

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury believes Conor McGregor will take just 35 seconds to knock out Floyd Mayweather when the two men meet on August 26.
Mayweather is the big favourite to prevail when the pair go head-to-head in what pro…

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury believes Conor McGregor will take just 35 seconds to knock out Floyd Mayweather when the two men meet on August 26.

Mayweather is the big favourite to prevail when the pair go head-to-head in what promises to be an intriguing tussle. However, despite his unfamiliarity with the sweet science, Fury told iFL TV McGregor can get the job done quickly:

“I think McGregor will knock him out in the first 35 seconds, like he done to Jose Aldo” Fury said. “I think McGregor will do him inside one round. Come on McGregor!”

The boxer then said he was planning to call out Hulk Hogan in his next bout, suggesting his answers may well have been tongue in cheek.

      

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Justine Kish Tweets Joke After Defecating During UFC Loss to Felice Herrig

Justine Kish’s unanimous-decision defeat to Felice Herrig at UFC Fight Night 112 will perhaps best be remembered for her defecating on the canvas, but Kish has taken the incident in stride and laughed about it on Twitter.
The strawweight shrugged off t…

Justine Kish’s unanimous-decision defeat to Felice Herrig at UFC Fight Night 112 will perhaps best be remembered for her defecating on the canvas, but Kish has taken the incident in stride and laughed about it on Twitter.

The strawweight shrugged off the accident as she pledged to return to the Octagon (warning, contains NSFW language):

Kish appeared to let loose whilst escaping a rear-naked choke in the third round, per Patrick Redford of Deadspin.

Fellow UFC fighters Chas Skelly and Tatiana Suarez tweeted their support of Kish (warning, contains NSFW language):

The contest ultimately went the distance with all three judges scoring in Herrig’s favour as she dominated the fight with her outstanding takedown technique and relentless attempts to force a submission.

To Kish’s credit, she did not relinquish her undefeated record easily as she refused to bow out, her escape from the third-round choke attempt being particularly impressive.

However, according to UFC referee John McCarthy, had the faeces been discovered on the mat during the fight, it would have been stopped with Herrig awarded a technical knockout victory:

Kish is not the first fighter to lose control of her bowels whilst being choked. MMA fighter Travis Wolford was caught short in a heavyweight cage fight with Daniel Cooper in 2014.

The 29-year-old is clearly not taking the incident to heart, though, and she’s evidently already got her eye on coming back from the first defeat of her career.

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