Megan Anderson Out, Tonya Evinger In vs. Cyborg At UFC 214

The UFC’s new female featherweight division continues to hit some bumps in the road on their way to finding a solid title-holder. Earlier this month it was announced that former Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino would be taking on Megan Anderson for the vacant 145-pound strap, after inaugural champion Germaine de Randamie was […]

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The UFC’s new female featherweight division continues to hit some bumps in the road on their way to finding a solid title-holder.

Earlier this month it was announced that former Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino would be taking on Megan Anderson for the vacant 145-pound strap, after inaugural champion Germaine de Randamie was stripped due to refusal to defend. Now, however, that fight will no longer happen.

Per a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Anderson has been forced to pull out of the contest due to reasons not yet disclosed, and current Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger will fill the void left behind by Anderson.

Evinger is currently on a 10 fight win streak, not having lost since July of 2011 when former UFC bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann took home a unanimous decision win over her. The 36-year-old has been competing in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2006, and will finally get her crack at the UFC next month.

Cyborg hasn’t lost since her MMA debut in 2005 and has since established herself as one of the most dominant female fighters in the history of the sport. She is currently on a 17 fight winning streak and has finished her past 11 fights via knockout.

The pair will co-headline UFC 214 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on July 29, 2017 for the vacant female featherweight title. The card is headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

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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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Cortney Casey Reveals Abuse Suffered Following False-Positive Drug Test

UFC Women’s strawweight Cortney Casey underwent quite the fallout following her false-positive test results from theTexas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Casey fought and defeated Jessica Aguilar by decision at UFC 211. However, the ineptitude of the TDLR led to that victory being overturned to a no contest due to a false- positive test for performance […]

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UFC Women’s strawweight Cortney Casey underwent quite the fallout following her false-positive test results from theTexas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Casey fought and defeated Jessica Aguilar by decision at UFC 211. However, the ineptitude of the TDLR led to that victory being overturned to a no contest due to a false- positive test for performance enhancing drugs.

The only problem was that the test was wrong, and Casey’s system was actually clean of all such banned substances.

Casey discussed the backlash and fallout from the botched false-positive test and how it has affected her career.

“One of the worst things that can happen to an athlete is being associated with steroids in any way, shape or form,” Casey told Bloody Elbows’ Iain Kidd. “I don’t want to have that asterisk next to my name. I’m innocent, but that’ll still be there; some people aren’t going to read the second article, some people aren’t going to understand it, or they’re going to think I just found a loophole. I can’t change the way they think because they heard I used steroids, so I’ll always be attached to that and it sucks.

I was approached at Target, and I was told that I had let the island down, that I was a cheater, and asked how I could do that to my fans. I live on a small island and word travels fast; they don’t call it Coconut Wireless for nothing”

It’s one thing for people to attack me on social media, but then they went and found my mom on social media. When I posted pictures of the kids I train, people were saying things like, ‘Don’t take steroids like your coach.’”

Casey went on to explain her initial course of action immediately following the news of her false-positive drug test.

After being verbally attacked on social media and in person, Casey says it was difficult to refrain from defending her make and reputation, instead holding out for the truth to eventually emerge on its own.

“Everyone told me not to say anything, to make sure my family didn’t say anything because I should avoid pissing Texas off, especially when Jeff reached out on my behalf and told them that this was basically a false positive and they shouldn’t be releasing it and they still did nothing. Jeff told me after that to just say silent so we don’t piss them off. Dana said the same thing, he told me just to listen to Jeff because he knows what he’s doing and they hired him for a reason.

I’ve been following that advice, but it has been hard. I’ve been attacked on social media, I’ve been verbally assaulted by people at Target, it’s just been hard. I’m glad it’s coming out that I was innocent to all along. It has been the longest month of my life, waiting for the result of a test I already knew the answer to.”

She was vindicated after a follow-up test revealed that the false-positive test was incorrect, despite the damage that had already been done.

However, Casey was ultimately quite supportive of how the UFC handled the situation.

“Dana [White] reached out to me right away, the same day everything came out, and he called me and told me to hang in there and the UFC would take the proper steps to make sure the situation was handled properly and that they would pay for everything up front. That was reassuring. When you hear things from Dana, when he tells you that we’re behind you, then you know you have the UFC’s support. Sean Shelby reached out and told me to hang in there, and told me we’d get through this, as well.”

“I’ve been happy with how the UFC handled this and with how USADA handled it, the only part that hasn’t been going smoothly is the contact with–and professionalism of–Texas.”

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UFC Fight Night 112 Salaries: BJ Penn Makes Bank

The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission released the UFC Fight Night 112 salaries on Tuesday. A lightweight bout between Michael Chiesa ($88,000) and Kevin Lee ($36,000) headlined this event. Johny Hendricks ($100,000) vs. Tim Boetsch ($134,000) in a middleweight bout served as the co-main event. Rounding out the main card was Felice Herrig ($50,000) vs. Justine […]

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The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission released the UFC Fight Night 112 salaries on Tuesday.

A lightweight bout between Michael Chiesa ($88,000) and Kevin Lee ($36,000) headlined this event. Johny Hendricks ($100,000) vs. Tim Boetsch ($134,000) in a middleweight bout served as the co-main event. Rounding out the main card was Felice Herrig ($50,000) vs. Justine Kish ($14,000) in a strawweight bout, Joachim Christensen ($16,000) vs. Dominick Reyes ($24,000) in a light heavyweight bout, Tim Means ($78,000) vs. Alex Garcia ($31,000) in a welterweight bout, and BJ Penn ($150,000) vs. Dennis Siver ($78,000) in a featherweight bout.

The full payouts include:

Kevin Lee: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus) def. Michael Chiesa $36,000

Tim Boetsch: $134,000 (includes $67,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks $100,000

Felice Herrig: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Justine Kish $14,000

Dominick Reyes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Joachim Christensen $16,000

Tim Means: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus) def. Alex Garcia $31,000

Dennis Siever: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn: $150,000

Clay Guida: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Erik Koch: $24,000

Marvin Vettori: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Vitor Miranda: $18,000

Carla Esparza: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Maryna Moroz: $23,000

Darrell Horcher: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Devin Powell: $10,000

Jared Gordon: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Michael Quinones: $10,000

Tony Martin: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus) def. Johnny Case: $23,000

Jeremy Kimball: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Josh Stansbury: $12,000

UFC Fight Night 112 took place on Saturday, June 25, 2017 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The prelims aired on UFC Fight Pass at 5:30 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET. The main card aired on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Felice Herrig: I’m Not ‘Young & Beautiful’ Enough For UFC To Promote Me

Felice Herrig believes that she isnt’ “young and beautiful enough” for the UFC to put the effort into promoting her. Herrig comes off of a spectacular performance this past weekend (Sun. June 25, 2017) at UFC Oklahoma City where she took home a unanimous decision victory over opponent Justine Kish. The win marked “LBD’s” third […]

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Felice Herrig believes that she isnt’ “young and beautiful enough” for the UFC to put the effort into promoting her.

Herrig comes off of a spectacular performance this past weekend (Sun. June 25, 2017) at UFC Oklahoma City where she took home a unanimous decision victory over opponent Justine Kish. The win marked “LBD’s” third straight victory inside the Octagon since her unanimous decision loss to Paige VanZant in April of 2015.

She now looks to propel herself into the next tier of 115-pound contenders the next time she steps into the Octagon, but she’d like to get a little more promotion out of the UFC going forward. Herrig doesn’t see that happening, however, because she feels the UFC likes to focus their marketing efforts on more “young and beautiful” stars (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“Honestly, if you want to know the truth, I just feel like I’m not young and beautiful for the UFC to want to promote me,” she said. “It’s sad because I’ve really worked hard to be here. It’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through and just got to the UFC at the right time, and they’re now getting all these opportunities.

“I’ve seen how hard I’ve worked to get here, and it just doesn’t matter because I just feel I’m not pretty enough, and I’m not getting any younger.”

Herrig’s last two wins have been rather impressive ones, as both Kish and Alexa Grasso were both undefeated before running into the 32-year-old veteran. In the end, Herrig knows that the hardcore mixed martial arts (MMA) fans appreciate her work inside the Octagon and she doesn’t need ‘fancy trophy’ to tell her what she’s worth:

“I just think that my performances are going to keep speaking volumes,” she said. “I think fans, the people and the media see and recognize I just beat two undefeated fighters, two really good undefeated fighters that were no joke. Alexa Grasso is no joke. Justine Kish is no joke. Anyone in this sport that’s not just a casual fan knows better. I don’t need a fancy trophy to tell me I’m good or to tell me what I’m made of I know.”

Mandatory Credit: Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

“Little Bull Dog” isn’t looking to point fingers at the UFC or promotion President Dana White for her unhappiness, as many other fighters feel the same way she does as it pertains to promotion. Herrig simply feels she has paid her dues in the sport and would like a little more love in return for all of her hard work:

“I’m not trying to make this like a point finger at the UFC or Dana White or anybody,” Herrig said. “I know they have a business to run. … I’m not the only fighter who feels like this. … We put a lot out there as fighters, and I don’t know – I feel like I’ve paid my dues, and nobody can deny that.

“I’m a UFC fighter, and I’ve worked my way to the top, so I would like a little more love. That’s it.”

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Watch: Cris Cyborg Spars With Olympic Boxer

Former Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is approaching her first-ever UFC title bout next month (Sat., July 29, 2017) when she takes on Megan Anderson for the vacant female 145-pound title in the co-main event of UFC 214. Justino made her UFC debut back in May of 2016 when she met Leslie Smith inside […]

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Former Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is approaching her first-ever UFC title bout next month (Sat., July 29, 2017) when she takes on Megan Anderson for the vacant female 145-pound title in the co-main event of UFC 214.

Justino made her UFC debut back in May of 2016 when she met Leslie Smith inside the Octagon on the main card of UFC 198 on pay-per-view (PPV) from her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. Cyborg won the bout via first-round knockout just after one minute into the contest. She followed that up with a second round finish over then-UFC newcomer Lina Lansberg last September in Brasilia, Brazil.

Cyborg has long advocated for a female 145-pound weight class to be implemented in the UFC, and she got that wish when the promotion paired former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie in the main event of UFC 208 this past February to crown the first ever women’s featherweight champ. “The Iron Lady” went on to win that contest via unanimous decision and was dubbed the first ever female 145-pound champion.

The Brazilian powerhouse was unable to partake in the historic bout due to the fact that she wasn’t given enough time to make the weight. Now, however, de Randamie has been stripped of her title due to her refusal to defend, and Cyborg now gets her crack at the gold when she takes on Megan Anderson, who has been called up from Invicta FC and vacated her own featherweight title to participate in the bout.

Anderson has won her past three fights inside the cage via early knockout, so Cyborg is taking her boxing training very serious heading into the fight. She has brought in North American Boxing Federation middleweight champ and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields for her camp, and video surfaced earlier this week of the pair’s sparing session. Check it out:

Shields took to Twitter after the session to credit Cyborg’s power and also offered her some tips to improve her striking game as well. Cyborg returned the favor by helping the boxer work on her ground game:

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