Megan Anderson issues statement following release from her UFC contract

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The former featherweight title contender Megan Anderson is no longer under contract with the UFC after completing her deal following a loss to Amanda Nunes this past weekend.

Despite challenging for the UFC women’s featherweight title at this past weekend’s UFC 259 event, Megan Anderson is no longer under contract with the promotion. During a live stream on Twitch, Anderson confirmed her time with the UFC had come to an end, though she also said the promotion planned to dump the entire women’s featherweight division. After Nunes’ dominant win this past weekend at UFC 259, UFC President Dana White stated the weight class would stay around as long as she wanted to defend the title at 145 pounds.

While Megan(11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is free to sign a new agreement with the promotion if offered, the former interim Invicta FC featherweight champion plans on taking some time before plotting her next move. Paradigm Sports rep Tim Simpson confirmed via text that Anderson is currently nursing some lingering injuries that they will let heal before plotting her next move.

Megan Anderson’s current UFC run ends following a six-fight stint with the promotion that began with a June 2018 decision loss to former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm. Her final five fights with the organization all ended in the first round, including wins over Cat Zingano, Zarah Fairn, and Norma Dumont, as well as losses to Felicia Spencer and Nunes.

Megan Anderson says ‘stay tunes’

Speaking on Instagram this week, Megan Anderson issued a statement thanking fans for their support and looking to the future.

“In light of the news that came out yesterday, I wanted to address my fans, and say thank you for all the love and support you have sent me over the past few days,” Anderson began.

“Saturday night was fight number 6 of my 6 fight deal with the UFC,” Anderson continued. “I had an amazing run with the promotion, culminating in a UFC world title fight. If you know me and the journey I have been on, just to reach the pinnacle of the sport is something I am incredibly proud of. I want to thank my team and everyone at the UFC for the past 3 years, it’s been amazing to perform for my fans on such a big stage.

“I’m looking to rest up and heal from my injuries before I decide what is next for my MMA career,” Anderson concluded. “Regardless of what the UFC decides to do with the Women’s 145 division, there are plenty of opportunities for me across the world to continue to do what I love.

“Thank you all, and stay tuned!”

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