After defeating Holly Holm for the newly-created division at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, "The Iron Lady" made it perfectly clear that she would not fight fellow 145-pounder Cris "Cyborg" Santos, citing the Brazilian's past and present problems testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
"Germaine and her team have talked, and the position is that she will not fight Cyborg because Cyborg is a known and proven cheater", de Randamie's manager Brian Butler told MMA Fighting.
"UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport", the organization announced in its statement.
A new champion will be crowned after Germaine de Randamie was stripped of the belt for refusing to face the indomitable Cyborg. "It has been ten months since my last fight, but I've been training this whole time and have been ready to fight at UFC 214". I honestly believe I'm the best in the world and I'm the only one that has the skills, the ability and the fight IQ to beat her. A former Invicta featherweight champion herself, Cyborg finally transitioned to the UFC in May 2016, where she has collected stoppage wins over Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg in 140-pound catch-weight bouts.
She was just the second-ever Dutch Ultimate Fighting Championship titlist and the inaugural UFC women's featherweight champion.
"I had absolutely no idea that I was being stripped of the belt", de Randamie told Helwani.
And the Australian explained she was ready to go back into Invicta before the UFC performed a U-turn on the Cyborg fight.
Anderson (8-2) is riding a four-fight winning streak and most recently won the Invicta FC featherweight title with a TKO over Charmaine Tweet in January.
UFC 214 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on July 29.
"Well, I hear you thinking again 'She's scared!" Cyborg promises fans her fight with Anderson is one they won't want to take their eyes off.