Quote: Megan Anderson Not Experienced Enough To Fight Cyborg Next

Cris Cyborg successfully defended her UFC featherweight title last weekend (Dec. 30, 2017) against Holly Holm, but her future remains unclear. While she has expressed interest in facing Megan Anderson or another featherweight contender, UFC President Dana White has expressed his desire to book a super fight between Cyborg and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Given […]

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Cris Cyborg successfully defended her UFC featherweight title last weekend (Dec. 30, 2017) against Holly Holm, but her future remains unclear.

While she has expressed interest in facing Megan Anderson or another featherweight contender, UFC President Dana White has expressed his desire to book a super fight between Cyborg and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

Given the fact that Anderson is the current Invicta FC featherweight champion, either option could make sense, but ex-UFC bantamweight titleholder Miesha Tate thinks Anderson is a ‘bit green’ as of now:

“The problem I have with that fight is, um, the quality of opponents Megan has beat, I don’t feel they’re even remotely close to Cyborg,” she said on SiriusXM’s “MMA Tonight.” “I think she’s a bit green at this point.”

Continuing on, Tate acknowledged that Anderson is a skillful and marketable fighter, but she simply doesn’t feel as if she’s experienced enough to compete with someone like Cyborg:

“I think Megan will probably be the next one to get it. I think she’s the most marketable,” Tate said. “She’s very tall. She’s very long. She’s very rangy. … She’s going to have a height advantage. That makes it interesting. She’ll be the first woman who has that much of a reach and size advantage, you could say, on Cyborg.

“But I don’t think she’s experienced enough yet. There’s a big difference in the women she’s been fighting and beating, and then Cyborg.”

Who would you like to see Cyborg face next?

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Megan Anderson Denies Cyborg Fight Rumor

Yesterday (Jan. 3, 2018), UFC Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg took to social media to announce that not only had she been offered a fight against Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson at Feb. 10’s UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, but that she had accepted the bout as well. That, however, doesn’t appear to be the case, […]

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Yesterday (Jan. 3, 2018), UFC Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg took to social media to announce that not only had she been offered a fight against Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson at Feb. 10’s UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, but that she had accepted the bout as well.

That, however, doesn’t appear to be the case, as Anderson later responded, saying that the fight had not been offered, and that she would not be ready to compete at UFC 221:

Cyborg and Anderson were scheduled to face off at UFC 214 last July, but Anderson was forced to withdraw, citing personal issues as the reason why.

The Brazilian is coming off of a successful title defense against Holly Holm at this past weekend’s (Dec. 30, 2017) UFC 219.

Anderson, on the other hand, has won four consecutive bouts.

UFC 221 is currently set to be headlined by a middleweight title bout between champion Robert Whittaker and ex-titleholder Luke Rockhold.

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Cris Cyborg Says She Agreed To Fight Megan Anderson Next Month

Cris Cyborg just successfully defended her UFC featherweight title for the very first time, scoring a decision victory over Holly Holm this past weekend (Dec. 30, 2017) at UFC 219, but it looks as if she may be getting right back into training camp. Earlier today (Jan. 3, 2018), the Brazilian took to her official […]

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Cris Cyborg just successfully defended her UFC featherweight title for the very first time, scoring a decision victory over Holly Holm this past weekend (Dec. 30, 2017) at UFC 219, but it looks as if she may be getting right back into training camp.

Earlier today (Jan. 3, 2018), the Brazilian took to her official Instagram account to announce that she has agreed to fight Megan Anderson at UFC 221 on Feb. 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia.

Anderson, the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak that includes victories over Amber Leibrock, Amanda Bell, Peggy Morgan and Charmaine Tweet.

Cyborg and Anderson were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 214 last July, but Anderson was forced to withdraw due to personal reasons.

The bout has not yet been confirmed by the UFC, but it would likely serve as the event’s co-headliner, as UFC 221 is set to be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold.

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Cris Cyborg Has Agreed to Face Megan Anderson at UFC 221

UFC female featherweight champion Cris Cyborg claimed following her UFC 219 title defense vs. Holly Holm that she believed fighting Megan Anderson – in Anderson’s home country of Australia – was the next logical bout. And now it appea…

UFC female featherweight champion Cris Cyborg claimed following her UFC 219 title defense vs. Holly Holm that she believed fighting Megan Anderson – in Anderson’s home country of Australia – was the next logical bout. And now it appears closer than ever to being a reality. Cyborg posted on Instagram that she has accepted a […]

Cris Cyborg Reveals Plans For Next Opponent

UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is still on top of the mountain. As seen in her latest fight, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Cyborg in the main event of UFC 219 on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on pay-per-view. Following the fight, […]

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UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is still on top of the mountain.

As seen in her latest fight, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Cyborg in the main event of UFC 219 on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on pay-per-view.

Following the fight, she is allowing other people to praise her rather than doing it herself and where she fits as the greatest of all-time among female fighters.

“I never think like that,” Cyborg said when asked whether her win over former women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm solidified her status as the world’s greatest. “I let my fans think about that. I just have to keep training and keep learning, because the girls are going to beat me, and I have to be ready.”

The UFC champ wanted to make it clear that she isn’t looking for a spot on UFC 221 in February in Perth.

“I think Holly’s tough,” Cyborg said (transcript courtesy of MMA Junkie). “I think it’s the first fight I did five rounds.”

“I worked a lot of patience,” Cyborg said. “She is tough and has a lot of experience. I touched her, and I saw she felt the punches, but she was moving around a lot.”

There are some people already attempting to book her next fight, and there are two names that keep coming up. Current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Invicta featherweight champion Megan Anderson.

Cyborg reiterated her distaste at facing a fellow Brazilian, although she said she’ll acquiesce if Nunes pushes for the fight.

“I wouldn’t like to fight somebody Brazilian, but if she wants to fight me, I’ll fight anybody (UFC President) Dana White puts in front of me,” Cyborg said. “I’m saying Megan, because she’s 145 pounds, and I would like my division growing. I think she’s in line to fight for the belt.”

“I’m really happy, because I know to have a great fight, I need a great opponent,” Cyborg said.

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Five Ways The UFC Is Becoming More Like WWE

When UFC 1 took place on a cold November night back in 1993 from McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado, it ignited the beginning of the world’s foremost mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, fueled by the concept of the best fighting the best to call themselves champion. It may have been extremely rough around the edges in […]

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When UFC 1 took place on a cold November night back in 1993 from McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado, it ignited the beginning of the world’s foremost mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, fueled by the concept of the best fighting the best to call themselves champion.

It may have been extremely rough around the edges in those ‘dark’ days where the sport having few rules and regulation had it on the precipice of doom, but the opposite is very much true today. After the Fertitta brothers along with Dana White purchased the UFC for a paltry sum and turned it into a legitimately regulated competition watched on pay-per-view the world over, the UFC exploded into a global brand that put shows on nearly every weekend.

When its popularity peaked in 2016 on the heels of the Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz rivalry, the Fertitta brothers saw an opportunity to cash in, and cash in they did. Selling the UFC to Hollywood talent giant WME-IMG (now Endeavor) for a then-record $4.2 billion, one of the biggest franchise sales in sports (of any kind) history was complete. But all was not rosy. This year has seen the advent of some truly horrific pay-per-view and television ratings, with UFC 213, UFC 215, and UFC 216 ranking as three of the lowest-watched PPVs ever, while December’s TUF 26 Finale was the least-watched UFC live event of all-time.

So while it was undoubtedly rough around the edges in its infancy, the UFC is dealing with a whole different set of problems heading into 2018, and many would argue that the UFC owners don’t exactly know what they’re doing. A growing sense is that the Hollywood agency is now trying to book the more mainstream, over-the-top spectacle fights rather than those that clearly have a more legitimate meaning based on meritocracy.

It’s lead to a steady stream of criticism that the UFC is becoming more like pro-wrestling and their WWE counterpart, obviously not the most endearing of words from fight fans. The argument, unfortunately, cannot be totally denied. Let’s take a look at the reasons why:

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5.) Titles Mean Next To Nothing:

Endeavor has to be commended for finally getting the middleweight division moving in the right direction by booking Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold for UFC 221, but there is one weight class that is an absolute mess in the UFC.

It’s obviously Conor McGregor’s held-hostage lightweight division, where “The Notorious” fought once and won the belt way back at UFC 205 in November 2016 before leaving to box – and lose – to Floyd Mayweather for the entirety of 2017. McGregor made the record-setting payday he was always looking for and can’t be blamed for doing it, but the fact remains the 155-pound landscape, which is still one of the most talented in MMA, has no clarity whatsoever at the current moment.

An interim belt was given to Tony Ferguson at October’s UFC 216, but without a path to a unification bout with McGregor, he opted to have elbow surgery, leaving not one but two champions on the sidelines with no real news about a return. Take into account the middleweight situation as well, where Michael Bisping was allowed to avoid the top 10 contenders by facing a retiring No. 14 Dan Henderson and an unretiring Georges St-Pierre, who had never even fought in the division. St-Pierre won and vacated the belt hardly a month later.

Interim titles are also created around much more frequently, making them seem more like the WWE titles that are handed over and won back on a never-ending cycle.

Because of these occurrences, UFC titles seem like little more than gold belts to be flaunted after a win rather than symbols of true MMA supremacy to be defended with pride.

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