Megan Anderson on fighting Cyborg at UFC 214: 'I will show her how human she is'

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Australian Megan Anderson is determined to bring Cristiane Justino aka "Cyborg" down to earth during their highly-anticipated fight at UFC 214 on July 29. In recent years, Cyborg has been viewed as nearly invincible, but Anderson campaigned for the opportunity to face the Brazilian, believing she has a shot.

Earlier this week, the UFC announced that it would restart the women’s featherweight division with the Cyborg vs. Megan Anderson fight serving as the co-main event to UFC 2014 which will be headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones.

On paper, Cyborg is the overwhelming favorite to capture the vacated UFC Women's Featherweight Championship. But Anderson is no pushover. Anderson earned the title shot by clinching the Invicta FC featherweight championship earlier this year, after which she aggressively campaigned for the Cyborg showdown through social media. 

Megan Anderson on Cyborg: 'She is just human'

“She’s (Cyborg) human like everybody else. I think a lot of people go into that fight fighting Cyborg the name and they’ve already lost before they’ve got into the cage. I don’t give a [expletive] about how many followers she has. I don’t give a [expletive] about how much reach she has. She’s a human being and I have no doubt come July 29 everyone who’s doubting me will find out how human Cris Cyborg can really be," Anderson told the Fight Society podcast, via Fox Sports.

A few weeks ago, UFC president Dana White nixed the fight, which led to Anderson being booked for a title defense in Invicta FC on July 15. A few days later, UFC came calling and pulled the trigger. 

“Not even six hours after I handed in my bout agreement for that fight (in Invicta FC], the UFC called. I’m very excited when I finally got the call. It’s what we’ve been wanting for a really long time and I think this is a really great step forward in the direction for the division," revealed the 27-year-old Aussie from the Gold Coast.

In March, Cyborg challenged Germaine de Randamie for the Invicta Featherweight championship at UFC 214. The match fell apart since de Randamie refused to fight Cyborg, stating that Justino was proven drug cheater and she was willing to get stripped of the belt.