MMA

The buzzer sounds. She stands up and locks eyes with her opponent. The fists go up. Strike, hit, move in for the kill.

Coordination, presentation and quickness are what fight insiders notice first about Megan Anderson. That, and her height: She's tall for a women's mixed-martial artist, standing an even and imposing 6 feet. And then there are her tattoos: menacing, full-sleeve designs up and down both of her sinewy, powerful arms.

Stephen Thompson hopes to cash in on Dana White’s word with a main-event opportunity in his home state. Following Thompson’s loss to Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 130 in May, the UFC president said the company would “do everything we can to give (Thompson) what he wants” going forward after he accepted the bout against a significantly overweight Till.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a host of established veterans come up short against rising stars — particularly in the welterweight division. Former UFC welterweight and middleweight title challenger Demian Maia lost to Kamaru Usman. Two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson lost to Darren Till. Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos gave up a decision to Colby Covington just last weekend.