A fight between Cris Cyborg and Megan Anderson -- which was set to be for the vacant women’s Featherweight title at UFC 214 last July -- was scratched after Anderson was forced to withdraw for personal reasons.
While Megan never gave a concrete answer as to why she had to bow out, Cyborg is convinced it all had to do with visa issues, blaming Megan’s irresponsibility of not having her affairs in orders in a timely manner.
Now, Cris is trying her best to convince Anderson to be a backup just in case Amanda Nunes doesn’t sign the contract to fight her at UFC 226 this summer, which led to a Twitter war between the two champions. And in what some would call a low blow, Cyborg accused Anderson -- who is Australian — of working illegally in the United States while staging a marriage just to say in the country.
She even tagged US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
If I don’t fight @Amanda_Leoa in July, are you ready to go by then @MeganA_mma? @Mickmaynard2 https://t.co/ZKOazN2e6e— #CYBORGVsNUNES #UFC226 (@criscyborg) January 23, 2018
Ray Elbe... This is Twitter. The UFC has a HQ. I suggest you do business there and talk to them like my management are... https://t.co/sb3ehmHnKQ— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) January 23, 2018
You want to talk business @MeganA_mma? I didn’t come to USA on a tourist visa to work illegally then have personal issues so I could marry and stay in America!! @uscis https://t.co/J72mbsCAqS— #CYBORGVsNUNES #UFC226 (@criscyborg) January 23, 2018
Don’t think you are not talking to me! pic.twitter.com/2dsHDOHpNv— #CYBORGVsNUNES #UFC226 (@criscyborg) January 23, 2018
For the record, Cris became an official US citizen in 2016 prior of to becoming the women’s 145-pound champion after defeating Tanya Evinger at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.
For people that don’t know I immigrated to the USA in 2008 without speaking English. In 2010 I got my green card and in 2016 I became a citizen. I followed all the rules even though I had to learn English and the legal steps on immigration. pic.twitter.com/aUQIcqHZys— #CYBORGVsNUNES #UFC226 (@criscyborg) January 23, 2018
Still, Megan maintains that her issues aren’t with a visa, and was even quick to call for a fight against Cris shortly after the hard-hitting striker defeated Holly Holm at last month’s UFC 219 event.
Nevertheless, it seems the rivalry is only intensifying between these two talented strikers, which makes us wonder why UFC isn’t working on booking this fight instead of Cyborg vs. Nunes.
Assuming all of Megan’s issues are in order, of course.