UFC’s Megan Anderson reflects on loss to Holly Holm, sizes up Cyborg-Nunes super fight

LINCOLN, Neb. – Megan Anderson came into the UFC with a four-fight winning streak and an Invicta FC women’s featherweight title to her credit, but three rounds in the cage with Holly Holm was enough to hit pause on her rise through the 145-pound ranks.

Still, Anderson (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) insisted she’s not dwelling on the unanimous-decision loss from June, especially since it taught her where she needs to improve in order to compete with the best.

“I was happy with my performance,” Anderson told MMAjunkie during UFC Fight Night 135 from Pinnacle Bank Arena. “Obviously, not the result that we wanted. But I’m a big believer, and my team is a big believer, that every opportunity is an opportunity to learn and develop. We definitely have a lot to work on, but I’ve only been in this sport for five years, and the fact that I’ve gotten to the point where I am in five years, I’m kind of excited for the next five.”

According to Anderson, the nearly 18-month layoff between her last Invicta FC bout and her UFC debut didn’t play a factor in her loss. Instead, she said, it was Holm’s strategic planning and solid execution.

“I think Holly and her team had a great game plan,” Anderson said. “That’s the way to beat me – or it was the way to beat me. They stuck to the game plan, and it worked.”

Even so, Anderson said, she would have accepted any opponent the UFC offered her next. Even if that opponent had been much-feared UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, she would have accepted.

Instead, the UFC opted to match Cyborg against UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 232. It’s a bout Anderson will be watching with great interest, she said, and she doesn’t expect it to be as lopsided as some of Cyborg’s recent fights.

“I think it’s going to be a really competitive fight,” Anderson said. “Amanda hits hard for the bantamweight division, and I think it’s going to transfer across when she comes up. She’s, what, undefeated at featherweight? So she fought a long time at 145 pounds before she dropped. I think stylistically, Cris and Amanda are very similar. They’re strikers. They’ve got heavy leg kicks, heavy striking, so it’s going to be interesting. I’m excited to watch that.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 135, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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