• Andrew Starc

Australian UFC Fighters to Watch: Megan Anderson

Our Australian UFC Fighters to Watch series brings you a detailed look at some of Australia’s most promising prospects.

Megan Anderson cuts an imposing figure.

Standing 6 foot tall, the 30-year old is all arms and legs. Her praying mantis-like physique seems purpose built for fighting, and she’s so densely covered in ink you could easily mistake her for the Sunday paper.

Now based in Kansas, the Gold Coast native cut her teeth in the relatively unregarded Invicta FC franchise, whose best fighters are ritually thrown to slaughter in the UFC.

Losing her first Invicta bout via submission, Anderson TKO’d her way through her next four opponents, earning herself a UFC contract.

Megan Anderson vs Holly Holm

In her UFC debut, the long and gangly Anderson was thrown into the deep-end, facing crowd favourite Holly ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ Holm. Fresh from Invicta, it was a stark step-up in competition for Anderson, who fought admirably but suffered her third career loss, via unanimous decision.

Redemption, however, was only a fight away.

Megan Anderson vs Cat Zingano

A minute into her next fight against Cat Zingano, Anderson attempted to execute one of her Brazlian namesake’s most famous moves – a front kick to the face. However, instead of foot to face, Anderson’s big toe landed inside Zingano’s eye socket. A doctor’s stoppage saw Anderson pick up a TKO win.

Eye gouging via toe. While not glamorous, a win’s a win – her first in the UFC, giving her the ‘toe-mentum’ she needed.

Megan Anderson vs Felicia Spencer

Facing sterner competition in her next bout, she found herself rear-naked choked by top contender Felicia Spencer. But she has since rebounded once more, racking up two more first round wins, the latest earning her Performance of the Night.

Given her imposing frame, reach and tattoos, Anderson definitely has potential in the UFC. However, she often cuts a gangly, awkward figure inside the Octagon. Once she works out how to weaponise her length, like a Jon Jones, she’ll soon be a top contender.

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