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Cristiane Santos confirms she will return to the ring as a bantamweight

When former Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos makes her next appearance inside the cage after serving a yearlong suspension for steroid use she will do so in a new division and with her sights clearly set on undefeated bantamweight Ronda Rousey.

According to Santos, she is using her time away to polish up her ground-game as well as to slim down and come back at 135 pounds where Rousey holds the Strikeforce title.

“Surprise,” Santos responded via Twitter when asked by Five Ounces of Pain about the possibility based on some recent photos she’d posted.

In addition to holding divisional gold, “Rowdy Ronda” has been extremely critical of Santos since coming on the scene, even going so far as to question her gender. The move also makes sense beyond their personal issues based on the relatively low number of legitimate contenders competing at 145 pounds.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE