Gold Coast based women’s featherweight Megan Anderson has lost her international debut, submitting to Judoka specialist Cindy Dandois in the second round.
The bout took place at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, USA on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Australia) as part of the Invicta Fighting Championships 14 event. The whole event was stramed live via the UFC’s Fight Pass.
The Empire MMA trained Aussie started aggressively and looked to unload with punches early which allowed Dandois to secure a trip takedown and move to side-control within the opening seconds. On the ground, the 30 year-old Belgian looked in control, moving to mount and attacking with both an armbar and a tight triangle. There was a glimmer of hope for Anderson as she escaped back to her feet and defended the takedowns last in the first-round.
A training partner of UFC bantamweight Meisha Tate, Dandois wasted no time in closing the distance in the second-round, where she utilised a trip to end up on top in half-guard. Anderson did work back to her feet where she caught Dandois’ attention with a straight right before Dandois closed distance and pulled guard. Dandois again locked up the triangle and after a struggle this time Anderson was forced to tap.
The official time of the tap was 2:41 of round two as Dandois takes her six year career record to 6-2. Anderson suffers a loss for the second time in her MMA career to drop to 4-2 as a professional.
In the main event, Tonya Evinger won her fifth fight in a row to move to her career record to 17-6. Evinger stopped Pannie Kianzad via TKO in the second round in a non-title bout after both fighters had weight issues.