GOLD Coast fighter Megan Anderson faces the biggest test of her mixed martial arts career when she meets Ronda Rousey’s conqueror Holly Holm at UFC 225 in June.
Anderson, 28, will make her UFC debut after rising to prominence in the smaller Invicta FC promotion, where she won the featherweight championship.
She had been scheduled to meet current UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg in July last year but withdrew for personal reasons.
But another chance to meet Cyborg and challenge for her title looms for Anderson if she can beat Holm, who upset the previously undefeated Rousey in Melbourne in November 2015.
“A lot of people doubt that I’m at the level, but I’m ready to show everyone that I am and that I deserve to be here,” Anderson said.
“(Holm) is a world-class athlete, she’s a professional boxer, she’s held belts in boxing, she’s held belts in MMA and I think because I’m so new to the sport, people think … I’m not at that level.
“There’s always room to prove people wrong and I always love doing that.
“The UFC is the premier promotion in the world. Everyone’s goal is reach the UFC so to get that opportunity is amazing.”
Anderson has been based in Kansas City since moving to the US two and a half years ago.
The former All Saints Anglican School student started MMA training five years ago and surprised herself with her ability.
“Extremely unathletic (sic) would be the phrase that I would use,” Anderson said in describing herself.
“I played soccer at school ¬ I was terrible at it, (but) in my early 20s I got into going to the gym lifting some weights just to keep fit and I was introduced to MMA.”
Anderson is one of three Australians set to fight on the UFC 225 card on June 9, joining middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and heavyweight Tai Tuivasa.
Whittaker will defend his title for the first time, against Yoel Romero.
“It’s awesome … kind of like an Aussie invasion,” Anderson said.
I was really excited for Rob and Tai’s fights before I was even asked to be on the card. I’m really excited to be sharing it with them.”