The bout was announced this morning along with the news that Germaine de Randamie had been stripped of the title following her refusal to take a fight with Cyborg. The Brazilian has long campaigned for at the gold and she now gets her wish in just 40 days time.
Speaking exclusively to Champions.co earlier today, Cyborg spoke of her excitement following the news.
“I have been waiting for the news like everyone else and I’m very happy,” Cyborg said. “It has been ten months since my last fight, but I've been training this whole time and have been ready to fight at UFC 214. I'm glad 40 days before the event it has finally been announced.”
Having just 40 days to prepare for a fight is not ideal for any fighter, but the Brazilian says the short time frame only poses a few minor problems for her.
“I have been focused on fighting July 29 since the date was announced, so nothing about my physical preparation will be off,” Cyborg said. “When the fight is announced just 40 days before the event, the only things that are stressful for me are sponsors, flights and hotels for friends and family, ticket purchases and things like that."
One thing Cyborg won’t be having to stress about during fight week is making weight. The former #Invicta featherweight champion will fight for the first time at 145-pounds under the UFC banner, and as you can imagine, this is music to her ears.
“I am fighting at a more natural weight,” Cyborg said. “This gives me less stress about the scale and gives me the opportunity to focus more of my attention on the technical training instead of the diet and nutritional training needed to make the lower weight. I will be even more dangerous at 145-pounds.”
When asked for her thoughts on de Randamie’s decision not to fight her and her subsequent title stripping, Cyborg refused to stick the knife in further and even went as far as suggesting they could fight later down the line.
“Everyone makes their own decisions on how to handle their own career,” Cyborg said. “Fighting is a personal decision. Maybe we will fight one day, it just won’t be July 29 in Anaheim, California.”
The woman who will be facing Cyborg at UFC 214 is Megan Anderson. Despite the Australian’s lack of experience in the UFC, Cyborg is still expecting a tough fight, given some of Anderson physical advantages.
“Megan is the number three featherweight in the world—you have to respect that," Cyborg said. “The last two girls who fought for the belt came up from 135-pounds, with one of them ranked ten and the other having now gone 1-3 in her last four fights.
“Megan Anderson is bigger than me. She is taller than me, and she is much younger than me. She has won her last four fights by TKO or KO and isn't going to have the type of fight where fans are going to watch two rounds of action and only see ten punches. This fight will not go five rounds and fans are finally going to get to see me fight a girl who is even bigger in size than I am. It will be a great fight.”
With the fight now confirmed, it joins a stacked UFC 214 fight card headlined by the #JonJones vs. #DanielCormier rematch. Cyborg promises fans her fight with Anderson is one they won’t want to take their eyes off.
“Fans know what they get when they watch a Cris Cyborg fight,” Cyborg said. “No one goes to the bathroom during my fight and no one goes to order more chicken wings, because they know my fight can end in one punch."
Cyborg further added:
"The UFC belt has never been a goal of mine, but it will mean that the best promotion in the world finally has a champion who the fans call the best female fighter in the world.”
Cyborg vs Anderson goes down on July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.