‘There Are Plenty of Opportunities for Me’- Megan Anderson Opens Up on Her Future in UFC Following Loss to Amanda Nunes

Published 03/11/2021, 7:29 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: Megan Anderson of Australia poses on the scale during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC featherweight title challenger, Megan Anderson, took to social media and released a comprehensive post-fight statement following UFC 259. The Australian fighter fell victim to Amanda Nunes’ wrath whilst trying to capture the elusive 145-pound title from the consensus GOAT. ‘The Lioness’ made short work of Anderson and proved once again why she’s looked at as the best.

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Nunes sparked Anderson early in the contest, and it was clear from the get-go that Megan Anderson was in for a fight. The challenger went for an ill-fated takedown that only served to add more punishment on the feet. Nunes then followed the Aussie to the ground and finished off the fight via triangle armbar, mercifully some might add.

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In the days following the bout, news broke that Megan Anderson was no longer part of the UFC’s roster. She was fighting on the last fight of her deal, and it wasn’t a surprise that the organization didn’t renew her contract. Anderson aired out her thoughts following her UFC release and let fans know what was on her mind.

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The women’s 145-pound division has been in limbo for a meaningful period, more or less since its inception. The weight class was largely created for starfighters like Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes. However, with the passage of time, the division never truly filled out with contenders and remained largely dormant.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates her KO victory over Cris Cyborg of Brazil in their women’s featherweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With the absence of Megan Anderson from the company’s ranks, it figures to reason that the division may perish in due time. Unless the UFC signs some talent in short order, Amanda Nunes won’t have anyone to defend her title against. The only meaningful match-up taking place is Felicia Spencer vs Danyelle Wolfe, both of whom aren’t viable contenders.

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As for Megan Anderson, she’ll be keen to take her talents to another organization with a more flush 145-pound division. Looking at her size and frame, she won’t be able to make 135-pounds, thus narrowing her options going forward. However, the skills she’s showcased thus far will certainly entice any major promotion to scalp her along the way.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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