Megan Anderson (fighter)

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Megan Anderson
Born (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 28)
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Reach72 12 in (184 cm)
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofLee's Summit, Missouri
TeamGlory MMA[2]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission2
By decision2
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Megan Anderson (born 11 February 1990) is an Australian mixed martial artist who fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is the former Invicta FC Featherweight champion.

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born and raised in Gold Coast, Australia.[4] She attended All Saints Anglican School[5] throughout her upbringing and moved to Canberra at the beginning of 2008 to join the Australian Army upon graduation from high school.[6][7] 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.[8][9] She then returned to the Gold Coast and worked as a receptionist[10] while getting involved in the local boxing scene. Through her boxing connections, she was introduced to mixed martial arts and began training in 2013.[11]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In November 2013, Anderson made her professional MMA debut, losing to Zoie Shreiweis. Over the next two years, Anderson would build her record to 4 wins and 1 losses before signing to Invicta Fighting Championships.[12]

Invicta FC[edit]

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).[13] Anderson then proceeded to gain three wins in the promotion.[14][15][16]

On 14 January 2017, Anderson faced Charmaine Tweet for the Interim Invicta FC Featherweight Championship.[17] She won the fight by TKO in the second round. Anderson was later promoted from Interim to undisputed Featherweight Champion.

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,[18] but the fight never took place as Anderson was later signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[19] She was replaced by Tonya Evinger.[20]

Anderson faced Holly Holm on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225.[21] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Anderson faced Cat Zingano on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.[23] 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.[24]

Reality Show[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2018 Heroes & Superstars Team Green Heroes of Warland" [25]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–3 Cat Zingano TKO (eye injury) UFC 232 December 29, 2018 1 1:01 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 8–3 Holly Holm Decision (unanimous) UFC 225 June 9, 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, 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, Australia
Win 2–1 Kerry Barrett Decision (majority) Roshambo MMA 3 26 July 2014 3 3:00 Brisbane, Australia
Win 1–1 Janay Harding Decision (unanimous) FightWorld Cup 17 12 April 2014 3 3:00 Gold Coast, Australia
Loss 0–1 Zoie Shreiweis Decision (majority) FightWorld Cup 16 16 November 2013 3 3:00 Gold Coast, Australia



  1. ^ "UFC 225 main-card breakdown: Will Holly Holm spoil Megan Anderson's UFC debut?". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-09. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  2. ^ "Megan Anderson: Chasing Glory & Gold". Fight News Australia. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  3. ^ "Megan Anderson - Official UFC Profile". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Invicta FC: Megan Anderson Profile". Invicta FC. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  5. ^ "Gold Coast fighter Megan Anderson to take on Holly Holm at UFC 225". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ "UFC's Megan Anderson fights for acclaim, against depression after moving from Australia to KC". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ The MMA Hour 4/16/2018
  8. ^ "The incredible rise of Australia's baddest woman and her battle with depression". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  9. ^ "UFC's Megan Anderson fights for acclaim, against depression after moving from Australia to KC". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Ex-Gold Coast administrator Megan Anderson tipped to be UFC's next star". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Megan Anderson on UFC 225: 'I think I match up well' against Holly Holm". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Women's MMA Report: Tiburcio wins Invicta gold, Pennington chokes out Evans-Smith". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  13. ^ "From the Gold Coast to the Midwest, Invicta's Megan Anderson is on quite the MMA journey". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  14. ^ "Megan Anderson defeats Amber Leibrock at Invicta FC 15".
  15. ^ "Megan Anderson takes home 'Performance of the Night' with TKO win over Amanda Bell at Invicta FC 17".
  16. ^ Depta, Laura. "MMA Fighter's Cheek Gets Incredibly Swollen at Invicta FC 18".
  17. ^ Raimondi, Marc (14 January 2017). "Invicta FC 21 results: Megan Anderson stops Charmaine Tweet to win interim 145 title". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Featherweight champion Megan Anderson set to headline Invicta FC 24". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Megan Anderson issues a statement after being forced to pull out of UFC 214 -". 27 June 2017.
  20. ^ "With Megan Anderson out, Cris Cyborg gets a new opponent for UFC 214 -". 27 June 2017.
  21. ^ Thompson, Phil. "Holly Holm added to UFC 225 in Chicago". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  22. ^ "UFC 225 results: Holly Holm turns to wrestling to beat powerful striker Megan Anderson". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  23. ^ "Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson Added to UFC 232". Cageside Press. 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  24. ^ "UFC 232 results: Megan Anderson kick to the eye stops Cat Zingano". MMAjunkie. 2018-12-30. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  25. ^ "VIDEO | Megan Anderson stars in new reality competition show |". | 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  26. ^ "Megan Anderson MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-30.

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