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“Cyborg” Santos plans to put on a show Saturday night

Strikeforce women’s featherweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has been waiting a long time to get back inside the cage and perform. Saturday night, Santos will face Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal in the co-main event.

After successfully defending her title back in 2010 against Jan Finney via knockout, Santos was forced to the sidelines as contract negotiations took place. Now, “Cyborg” is ready to add another victim to her resume in Yamanaka.

“I’m very happy to fight and I know there are a lot of expectations around that,” said Santos, in a recent interview with Strikeforce’s website. “Even before thinking about winning the fight, I want to put on a really, really good show, and definitely for the fans, I’m going to go beyond any expectations.”

The 26-year-old became frustrated with the delay in working out a deal with Strikeforce, saying, “I’m always working to get female MMA to grow, and I want to see more girls fighting and I want to grow the event and make it better by giving the best show I can. So I was definitely frustrated with the big gap between fights because I always expect to fight three or four times a year if possible.”

As for her future now that Strikeforce has one, Santos is interested in competing in both the 135/145-pound divisions. That means a possible date with Ronda Rousey down the road, who is an up-and-coming fighter looking to make a big splash in women’s MMA.

In the main event of Saturday’s show, Gilbert Melendez will defend his Strikeforce lightweight title against Jorge Masvidal. Recently, it was announced that Melendez, Santos and the rest of Strikeforce’s non-heavyweight fighters will remain the company.



    I wish that this female version of Wanderlei gets her due credit eventually-I hate thinking about the fact of her ruining Rousey’s face-kind of destroys my fantasies

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  • Hohlraum says:

    Hasn’t missed weight @ 145 previously? Or was that 135? That is one hot lookin amazon sized Japanese woman.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I wish they’d promote the women’s MMA with at least a little enthusiasm. Santos is one of the most dominant fighters in MMA today and only the hardcore fans even know her name.

    Hell, for that matter I wish SF would bother promoting at all. Literally every promotion I’ve seen for SF, besides the few commercials for Fedor v Rogers back in 2009, has come from this site. I have seen more promotions for Legend Fighting Championship events that all take place over 8,000 miles from me than I have for a company that had a huge even less than 200 miles from me.

    Now that I’ve finished ranting: Women’s MMA is always a blast to watch and Santos is a monster in there. She’s showed a few chinks in her armor and it’s just a matter of time before someone finally exploits one, but I don’t think it’ll be tonight.

    And I can’t wait to see Melendez back in the cage. Hopefully he’ll show off that evolving striking game again and we’ll be treated to an impressive KO.

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