Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Cris Cyborg Calls Tonya Evinger Bout 'More Exciting' Than Megan Anderson Fight

Cris Cyborg Calls Tonya Evinger Bout 'More Exciting' Than Megan Anderson Fight

With Anderson out of the picture, the UFC welcomed Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger to the card where she will bump up to 145 pounds to face Cyborg in July.

It's an interesting turn of events for Cyborg, who ranted and raved to get this opportunity against Anderson after Germaine de Randamie openly said she would not fight her.

UFC 214 is now set to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and returning ex-titleholder Jon Jones. Now, she is still getting the title shot, but against a fighter who is not used to the size Cyborg will be in the Octagon.

The 145-pound title will still be on the line, despite Evinger having never fought at the 145-pound limit. "I think she owes me a fight. We're tough and we come out there to fight".

UFC 214 will feature the highly anticipated light heavyweight title rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Jon Jones in the main event. "She is as tough as they come and will bring the fight to me the entire time".

Seasoned bantamweight Evinger has been on a roll the last five years and is undefeated since September 2011.

While the opponent has changed, the stakes for the fight have stayed exactly the same with Cyborg competing for the women's featherweight title - a division where she's already been rated as the top fighter for many years. The eventual inaugural champion was crowned after de Randamie defeated Holm.

So, this is a big change to the upcoming card, and Evinger deserves a ton of praise for agreeing to face one of the most feared fighters in the UFC, on one month's notice. I think I'm a flawless matchup; I drag people where they don't want to go and I make a fight hard for them. "I'm prepared to fight anyone".

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