In the featured bout of UFC Fight Pass prelims, former Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson got things back on track with a first round TKO victory over former bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano at UFC 232 last week.
Anderson being a natural featherweight and keeping in mind the steep nature of the UFC’s featherweight division, had a close eye on the main event later on in the night as dominant champion Cris Cyborg took on bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in a super fight.
Stepping in as a heavy underdog, Nunes pulled of a huge upset as she knocked out dominant champion Cris Cyborg in the first round to become the sixth overall and first female fighter to hold belts in two different weight classes.
Speaking with Luke Thomas from MMAFighting.com, Anderson opened up to the steep nature of the weight class and why should UFC build it, now that Cris Cyborg is dethroned. (via Twitter):
Megan Anderson believes Cris Cyborg’s dominance led to fighters leaving the featherweight division: "Amanda showed not everyone is invincible. I hope it shows people they can stay in this division and start building it"
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) January 2, 2019
Anderson claimed the dominance and ‘invincibility’ of Cris Cyborg made it difficult for female contenders to stay in the division. Anderson also claimed that with Amanda Nunes defeating Cyborg, even other fighters can show similar potential.
Cris Cyborg was on a 20-fight winning streak. Cris Cyborg won the inaugural featherweight title defeating former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in July 2017. Cyborg then took on former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 219 in December 2017. Cyborg won the fight via a lopsided unanimous decision. Cyborg then made quick work of Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 in March 2018.