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Germaine de Randamie, of the Netherlands, reacts to the decision after a women's featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout against Holly Holm at UFC 208 early Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in New York. De Randamie won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Germaine de Randamie has been stripped of her UFC women’s featherweight championship after refusing to defend her title against Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the promotion announced Monday.

Justino will instead fight Megan Anderson at UFC 214 for the newly vacant championship.

“UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women’s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino,” UFC said in a statement, per

“UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.”


This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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