Former Strikeforce 145-pound champion Cristiane Justino will finally get to make her debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight division, which was essentially created to accommodate the power-punching Brazilian.
But it won't be against Megan Anderson.
That’s because the Invicta standout was forced to withdraw from her “Cyborg” fight due to personal reasons (read her statement here) and was promptly replaced by longtime veteran Tonya Evinger.
Justino will be ready and waiting (via Combate):
“I’m prepared to fight anyone. As for the change in opponent, we can say it’s the result of Megan’s and her manager’s irresponsibility. As for Tonya, she’s a great opponent. She’s been winning her past 10 fights and is an example of how the world rankings should be independent from the UFC’s rankings. It will be a great fight and I believe that, with Tonya, it will be an even more exciting fight for the fans than the fight with Megan.”
This is starting to become the norm.
Justino (17-1, 1 NC) will battle Evinger (19-5, 1 NC) at the upcoming UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place Sat., July 29, 2017 inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., though the bout order has yet to be finalized.
To see the latest UFC 214 line up click here.