Germaine de Randamie’s reign as the first UFC women’s featherweight champion didn’t last long after the promotion stripped her of the belt. The UFC made the decision after de Randamie refused to face Cris “Cyborg” Justino for her first title defense.
“Cyborg” and Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson will fight at UFC 214 for the vacant featherweight title. Here is the official statement from UFC.com:
“UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women’s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC® 214: CORMIER vs. JONES 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif. UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.”
UFC: Is Germaine de Randamie scared to fight Cris “Cyborg” Justino?
Since UFC 208, Cris “Cyborg” Justino emerged as the top favorite to challenge Germaine de Randamie for the title. However, de Randamie needed to undergo a surgery for her injured hand which delayed her first title defense. It was also revealed that de Randamie isn’t really interested in fighting “Cyborg” because she’s a cheater.
“Germaine and her team have talked, and the position is that she will not fight ‘Cyborg’ because ‘Cyborg’ is a known and proven cheater,” Brian Butler of SuckerPunch Entertainment, de Randamie’s manager, told MMAjunkie. “Even after so much scrutiny has been put on ‘Cyborg,’ she still managed to pop for something and will always be a person of suspicion who is trying to beat the system rather than just conforming to the rules.”
No one can blame de Randamie from making such accusations on Justino. “Cyborg” already had a cloudy background even before she decided to join the UFC. Recalling in December 2011, she received a one-year suspension after a failed drug test due to a banned substance.
Earlier this year, “Cyborg” failed an out-of-competition drug test administered by USADA. However, she didn’t receive a punishment after being granted a therapeutic-use exemption.
Germaine de Randamie returns to bantamweight division
After being stripped of the belt, Germaine de Randamie plans to return to the bantamweight division. It remains unknown who will de Randamie fight next. However, there is a possibility that she could face Holly Holm again. Holm recently improves her ranking after beating Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111.