Former UFC title challenger Megan Anderson provides update on MMA future: “I enjoy not having to cut weight”

By Josh Evanoff - February 23, 2024

Former UFC title challenger Megan Anderson very likely won’t fight in the near future.

Megan Anderson

The Australian was signed to be one of the key stars of the UFC’s women’s featherweight division in 2017. While she debuted with a unanimous decision defeat to Holly Holm, Megan Anderson would later go 3-1 in the cage from 2018 to 2020. In the process, earning a crack at then-featherweight champion Amanda Nunes.

‘The Lioness’ faced Megan Anderson at UFC 259 in March 2021, in the biggest fight of the latter’s career. However, the Brazilian wound up dominating the former Invicta FC champion. Anderson was dropped early in the first round and was quickly submitted by Nunes. That fight was the last of the featherweight’s deal with the company, and she became a free agent as a result.

Nearly three years later, Megan Anderson hasn’t signed with anyone. Furthermore, she doesn’t have a real gym to train out of, as she previously left Glory MMA not long after the defeat to Nunes. In February 2022, Anderson announced plans to take a hiatus from the sport, to focus on other projects.

Those other projects wound up including an appearance in Chris Hemsworth’s Extraction II, as well as a role at ESPN. On social media, Anderson responded to a fan who was curious about her fighting future. Given her other jobs at the moment, the former UFC featherweight contender isn’t exactly thinking about MMA.


Megan Anderson

Former UFC title challenger Megan Anderson gives update on her fighting future

“I get asked this question almost daily [at this point]” Megan Anderson responded to a fan on X, asking about her future in the sport. “Guys.. I haven’t fought in almost 3 yrs.. I left the ufc after my last fight, I haven’t done a second of mma training in that time, the ufc doesnt even have my divison anymore lol and I enjoy not having to cut weight/get punched in the face for a living and be able to have a life.”

She continued, “I’ve enjoyed the transition into the broadcasting/film space, and that’s where my focus is [at the moment].. The likelihood of me fighting again is very minimal.”

In the event that Megan Anderson never competes again, she’ll end her career with an 11-5 MMA record. Along the way, she defeated names such as Cat Zingano, Norma Dumont, and Zarah Fairn, and won Invicta featherweight gold in January 2017.

What do you make of this fight news? Do you want to see former UFC featherweight contender Megan Anderson fight again? If so, against whom?