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UFC statement on Germaine de Randamie: ‘Iron Lady’ stripped for refusing to fight Cris Cyborg

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UFC 208: Holm v Randamie Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) expects each and every one of its champions to defend their respective titles in a timely fashion and will not tolerate any combatant ducking the No. 1 contender.


Anyway, that’s the official word from the promotion after news broke earlier today that Germaine de Randamie was stripped of her women’s featherweight title after refusing to fight division No. 1 contender Cristiane Justino.


"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. 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.”

This, like any policy in prize fighting, is subject to discretion and arbitrarily applied.

With De Randamie ousted — and likely headed back down to 135 pounds — Justino will fight for the vacant featherweight strap against Invicta FC import Megan Anderson at UFC 214 next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For much more on that fight click here.