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Megan Anderson
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Anderson interviewed at UFC 232
Born (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 32)
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Lee's Summit, Missouri, US
Team Glory MMA (2015–2021)
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2013–2021
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 6
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 5
By submission 3
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Megan Anderson (born 11 February 1990) is an Australian mixed martial artist who competed in the Women's Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Anderson also competed for the all women's MMA league Invicta Fighting Championships, where she won the Invicta FC Featherweight Championship.

Early life

Anderson was born and raised on the Gold Coast, Queensland. She attended All Saints Anglican School throughout her upbringing and moved to Canberra at the beginning of 2008 to join the Australian Army upon graduation from high school. After serving two and a half years in the military, she was discharged when it was discovered she had attempted to take her own life and was subsequently hospitalised. She then returned to the Gold Coast and worked as a receptionist while getting involved in the local boxing scene. Through her boxing connections, she was introduced to mixed martial arts and began training in 2013.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

In November 2013, Anderson made her professional MMA debut, losing to Zoie Shreiweis. Over the next two years, Anderson would build her record to four wins and one loss before signing to Invicta Fighting Championships.

Invicta FC

In her promotional debut in September 2015, Anderson faced Cindy Dandois at Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad. She lost the fight by submission (triangle choke). Anderson then proceeded to gain three wins in the promotion.

Invicta FC Featherweight Championship

On 14 January 2017, Anderson faced Charmaine Tweet for the Interim Invicta FC Featherweight Championship at Invicta FC 21. She won the fight by TKO in the second round. Anderson was later promoted from Interim to undisputed Featherweight Champion after Cris Cyborg vacated her belt.

After the UFC opted against signing Anderson, Anderson was scheduled to defend her undisputed title against Helena Kolesnyk at Invicta FC 24, on 15 July 2017, but the fight never took place as Anderson was later signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Anderson was scheduled to make her promotional debut against Cris Cyborg at UFC 214 on 29 July 2017. However, Anderson pulled out of the bout on 27 June, citing "personal issues" as the reason. She was replaced by Tonya Evinger.

Anderson faced Holly Holm on 9 June 2018 at UFC 225. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Anderson faced Cat Zingano on 29 December 2018 at UFC 232. She won the fight via technical knockout early in the first round after a kick to Zingano caused an eye injury that didn't allow her to continue.

Anderson faced promotional newcomer Felicia Spencer on 18 May 2019 at UFC Fight Night 152. She lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Anderson faced Zarah Fairn Dos Santos on 6 October 2019 at UFC 243. She won the fight via a submission in round one.

Anderson faced Norma Dumont Viana on 29 February 2020 at UFC Fight Night 169. She won the fight via knockout in round one. This win earned her the Performance of the Night award.

Anderson was scheduled to face Amanda Nunes on 12 December 2020 for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship at UFC 256. However, it was announced on 9 November that Nunes pulled out due to an undisclosed injury and the bout was postponed to 2021. The pairing was rescheduled for 6 March 2021 at UFC 259. She lost the fight via a triangle armbar in round one.

The title fight was the last fight of her prevailing six-fight contract and the organisation opted not to renew it, making her a free agent.

In February 2022, Anderson posted in her social media that she is no longer pursuing fights, and is not affiliated with any teams or organizations.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Norma Dumont
    • Tied (with Felicia Spencer) for most fights in UFC Women's Featherweight division (six)
    • Tied (with Felicia Spencer) for most stoppage victories in UFC Women's Featherweight division (three)
    • Tied (with Cris Cyborg and Felicia Spencer) for most knockouts in UFC Women's Featherweight division (two)
  • Invicta Fighting Championships
    • Invicta FC Featherweight World Championship (one time; former)
    • Interim Invicta FC Featherweight World Championship (one time; former)
    • Performance of the Night (three times) vs. Amanda Bell, Peggy Morgan and Charmaine Tweet
    • Fight of the Night (one time) vs. Amber Leibrock

Reality show

Television
Year Title Role Notes Ref
2018 Heroes & Superstars Team Green Heroes of Warland"

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 11 wins 5 losses
By knockout 6 0
By submission 3 3
By decision 2 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5 Amanda Nunes Submission (reverse triangle armbar) UFC 259 6 March 2021 1 2:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship.
Win 11–4 Norma Dumont KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo 29 February 2020 1 3:31 Norfolk, Virginia, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–4 Zarah Fairn Dos Santos Submission (triangle choke) UFC 243 6 October 2019 1 3:57 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Loss 9–4 Felicia Spencer Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee 18 May 2019 1 3:24 Rochester, New York, United States
Win 9–3 Cat Zingano TKO (eye injury) UFC 232 29 December 2018 1 1:01 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 8–3 Holly Holm Decision (unanimous) UFC 225 9 June 2018 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 8–2 Charmaine Tweet TKO (punches and head kick) Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet 14 January 2017 2 2:05 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Won the interim Invicta FC Featherweight Championship. Later promoted to undisputed champion. Performance of the Night.
Win 7–2 Peggy Morgan TKO (punches) Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel 29 July 2016 1 4:09 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 6–2 Amanda Bell TKO (head kick and punches) Invicta FC 17: Evinger vs. Schneider 7 May 2016 1 5:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 5–2 Amber Leibrock TKO (knees and punches) Invicta FC 15: Cyborg vs. Ibragimova 16 January 2016 3 2:33 Costa Mesa, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 4–2 Cindy Dandois Submission (triangle choke) Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad 12 September 2015 2 2:41 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 4–1 Zoie Shreiweis Submission (armbar) Roshambo MMA 4 6 December 2014 1 1:32 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Won the vacant Roshambo MMA Featherweight Championship.
Win 3–1 Jodie Struzik Submission (rear-naked choke) Nitro MMA 12 11 October 2014 2 0:30 Logan City, Queensland, Australia
Win 2–1 Kerry Barrett Decision (majority) Roshambo MMA 3 26 July 2014 3 3:00 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 1–1 Janay Harding Decision (unanimous) FightWorld Cup 17 12 April 2014 3 3:00 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Loss 0–1 Zoie Shreiweis Decision (majority) FightWorld Cup 16 16 November 2013 3 3:00 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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