Cyborg vs. Anderson for UFC Featherweight Title After Champion Stripped

Cris “Cyborg” Justino will meet Megan Anderson to lay claim to the UFC featherweight championship after Germaine de Randamie was stripped of the belt. 

UFC officials on Monday announced the move, explaining why de Randamie was forced to relinquish the belt.

“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 UFC said on its website. “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.”  

Cris CyborgHaving held the Strikeforce and Invicta FC titles, the UFC belt is the only one that has thus far eluded Cyborg. In fact, the division was created for her last year, but she was dealing with health issues and then an anti-doping violation charge, which led the UFC to match de Randamie against Holly Holm for the inaugural featherweight title. 

Since she won the belt, however, de Randamie has dealt with a hand injury and recently declared that she would not put her belt on the line against Cyborg because she was a “proven cheater.” 

Anderson, meanwhile, won the interim Invicta FC featherweight title early this year by defeating Charmaine Tweet. She was promoted to full-blown champion when Cyborg relinquished the Invicta FC championship in March to intensify her pursuit of the UFC title.

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Anderson had been scheduled to put her Invicta belt on the line at that promotion’s event on July 15 in Kansas City, Mo. She was removed from that fight and released from her contract in order to sign with the UFC to fight Cyborg for the vacant UFC featherweight title in July.

Invicta has not yet announced how it will fill the newfound vacancy in its 145-pound division.

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Megan Anderson Exits, Tonya Evinger Steps into Invicta FC 24 Main Event

With Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson headed to the Octagon to meet Cris “Cyborg” Justino for the UFC featherweight championship, Invicta FC bantamweight titleholder Tonya Evinger will make the move to featherweight for the first time.

Evinger (19-5, 1NC) will make her featherweight debut by stepping in for Anderson to face Ukranian Helena Kolesnyk (5-0, 1NC) at Invicta FC 24 on July 15 in Kansas City, Mo. The bout will no longer carry championship credentials, but will instead be a three-round, non-title affair.

Anderson was originally booked to headline Invicta FC 24, putting her belt on the line against Kolesnyk, but was released from her Invicta FC contract to fight Cyborg for the vacant belt at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

Undefeated since 2011, Evinger moves up for this featherweight debut after dominating at 135 pounds, including five finishes and seven total victories while competing in Invicta’s bantamweight division.

Kolesnyk, who trains out of Moscow, has finished all five of her professional wins, including three first-round knockouts and a first-round submission due to punches. She is an experienced Muay Thai practitioner, taking bronze at the IFMA World Muaythai Championships in 2015.

“We’re not making it easy for Helena over here,” joked Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “ She’s gone from one champion [in Anderson] to another now with Tonya.

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“I’m thankful that our athletes – and especially Tonya Evinger – are always ready and willing to accept a challenge. I have the utmost respect for both these main event fighters and I’m expecting a great fight on July 15.”

The fight card for Invicta FC 24: Evinger vs Kolesnyk:

Featherweight: Tonya Evinger vs. Helena Kolesnyk
Flyweight: Milana Dudieva vs. Mara Romero Borella
Bantamweight: Raquel Pa’aluhi vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Atomweight: Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Cummins
Flyweight: Karina Rodríguez vs. Bárbara Acioly
Strawweight: Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir vs. Kelly D’Angelo
Strawweight: Mallory Martin vs. Tiffany Masters
Featherweight: Felicia Spencer vs. Amy Coleman

Invicta FC 24: Evinger vs Kolesnyk streams live and exclusively via UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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Former UFC Heavyweight Tim Hague Dies After Boxing Knockout

Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague was pronounced dead on Sunday following a knockout loss in a boxing bout on Friday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Hague was knocked out out by Adam Braidwood in the second round after being knocked down several times. As he fell to the ground, Hague’s head violently bounced off the canvas. He regain consciousness and was transported to a hospital after being evaluated backstage. He was placed in the intensive care unit and underwent surgery to relieve pressure surrounding his brain. On Saturday, it was reported that the Alberta native was on life support and brain dead.

On Sunday, Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed her brother’s death via Facebook.

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” she wrote. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him so greatly.”

Hague was 34.

Hague’s mixed martial arts career lasted a decade. His overall record stands at 21-13. He fought five times under the UFC banner from 2009 to 2011. He last fought in MMA in July 2016, losing to Michał Andryszak by knockout.

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Former UFC Heavyweight Tim Hague Reportedly Brain Dead After Boxing Bout

Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague is reportedly brain dead after suffering a knockout loss in a boxing bout in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Friday night. Hague Hague was knocked out by Adam Braidwood.  He fell hard and his head bounced off the canvas.  After being evaluated backstage, Hague was transported to the hospital.

Sportsnet’s James Lynch first reported Saturday that Hague was in the intensive care unit with a serious brain injury.

Fellow Canadian fighter Sarah Kaufman was in attendance and snapped a photo of the aftermath and posted it to Instagram.

Huge ko win for @braidwoodboxing over @tim_hague . Hope for a good recovery Tim. So proud of you Adam #koboxing

A post shared by Sarah Kaufman (@sarahkaufmanmma) on Jun 16, 2017 at 10:21pm PDT

Hague underwent surgery to relieve pressure around his brain and was in a coma. Cody Krahn, a friend of Hague’s, posted an update on the fighter’s condition on Saturday morning.

Realfightstories.com‘s Mike Russell reported on Saturday afternoon that Hague’s condition had turned dire and that the fighter was declared brain dead.

Hague’s mixed martial arts career lasted a decade. His overall record stands at 21-13. He fought five times under the UFC banner from 2009 to 2011. Hague last fought in MMA in July 2016, losing to Michał Andryszak by knockout.

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  • This guy has been KOed one too many times.

    • You are a worthless piece of garbage.

      • You’re a self in denial piece of s##t.

      • Look at his record and the amount of times he’s been knocked out cold then get back to me, silly fool!

        • His record has nothing to do with your disrespect for someone that just died. I stand by my comment that you are a worthless piece of garbage.

          • Where’s the disrespect? Because I was willing to admit the truth?

            It’s d*ckheads like you in this day and age who like to twist people’s words around and turn it into a negative thing.

    • Buddy whether or not you belive in god, have some respect as a human being, disgusting

      • Go look at his track record and tell me he hasn’t been KOed too many times …

  • A knee or a shin bone to the head is enough to cause death. When person fall backwards and hit their head the head is traveling at 11 MPH at impact and that too is enough velocity to cause death. Having a sport where the goal is to knock someone unconscious if an idea that is full retard.

    • Going through life a limp wrist pu**y is full on retard too. Here’s to the sports warriors of the planet.

    • Then why are deaths so exceedingly rare?

  • Ah man, this is sad. My prayers go out to Tim Hague and his family.

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