UFC Spotlight: Who is Megan Anderson?
New UFC signee Megan Anderson has an enormous challenge on her hands at UFC 214.
Updated: June 22, 2017 • 9:16 AM ET
Cris “Cyborg” Justino (pictured right) plans to give Megan Anderson a devastating welcome to the UFC.
The UFC women’s featherweight division will crown a new champion at UFC 214. Newly signed UFC fighter Megan Anderson hopes to have her hand raised at the event and start a new era for female fighters in the company.
The fight will be Anderson’s first in the UFC after winning four straight and vacating her Invicta FC title. At only 27 years old, Anderson believes she has gained all the experience she needs to go on a UFC title run.
"It's no longer about the length of time you've had in the sport," Anderson said via ESPN. "It's about hunger and dedication. And just because I've been doing this for less time doesn't mean I'm less deserving.
"I have an amazing team behind me and I know what I'm capable of. Honestly, I think it's my time to shine, and it's time for someone new -- someone exciting, someone relatable -- to take that torch of the best 145-pound female in the world."
Anderson brings an imposing 6-foot frame to the UFC, but stylish good looks as well that male UFC fans may gravitate to. Her toned physique is covered with well-done artwork that today’s millennial movement can find relatable. Her fearless attitude and desire to fight can make her an intimidating force in the UFC, title-holder or not.
Anderson’s last loss came in September 2015, but she’ll have her hands full at UFC 214 against arguably the greatest woman fighter in history in Cris “Cyborg” Justino. While most women avoid Cyborg, Anderson pleaded for the challenge.
"We're the best featherweights in the world," Anderson said. "It's a great test for [Justino], and it's a great test for me. There's a reason I'm in the position that I am in such a short amount of time. She knows I'm a big threat to her."
Anderson was born in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and fights out of Lee’s Summit in Missouri. Her professional MMA record is 8-2 after making her debut at just 23 years old. Anderson will join fellow Australian Robert Whitaker at UFC 214 as she tries to become Australia’s first UFC champion.