Germaine de Randamie responds to loss of UFC women's featherweight title

De Randamie during a media workout ahead of her fight with Holly Holm

De Randamie during a media workout ahead of her fight with Holly Holm

"The 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, ' the promotion revealed in a statement.

The UFC have stripped Germaine de Randamie of the women's featherweight title and announced that Cris "Cyborg" Justino will face Invicta FC titlist Megan Anderson to crown a new champion at UFC 214 on July 29th.

Cyborg (17-1-1NC) is cleared to fight after being granted a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for Spironolactone, the banned substance she popped for during an out-of-competition drug test administered on December 5. There's a reason I'm in the position that I am in such a short amount of time. De Randamie and her camp hadn't talked since February.

"I had absolutely no idea that I was being stripped of the belt", the former champion told MMA Fighting on Monday morning. She also came out last month and said she was planning to undergo hand surgery and wouldn't be able to fight until this fall on top of the fact that she said her next fight would come at 135 pounds, something she said UFC promised her wouldn't be an issue when she fought Holm in February for the inaugural title.

"I definitely think the UFC created this division around one person [Justino], but unfortunately I don't think she is someone you can build around", Anderson said.

'So, we went to Invicta and said, 'Get us an opponent.' We signed that bout agreement, and not more than six hours later, the UFC called and said, 'Hey, let's look at that Justino matchup'. Anderson, who many feel is the No. 2 women's featherweight in the world, feels as though every fighter can be defeated and she is the one to end the reign of "Cyborg".

This will be "Cyborg's" third fight in the UFC, but the first in her natural weight class, with her two previous TKO victories over Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg having taken place at a catchweight of 140lbs.

Anderson (8-2) will be making her UFC debut. "I'm going to show everyone that she's human, she's beatable and that there's a new face in the division". "She wants the fight".

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