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Evangelista Santos leaves Strikeforce citing inactivity as the issue

For an organization in need of welterweight competitors, let alone those with a reputation for turning in exciting efforts or possessing a hint of name value, Strikeforce seems to have a curious approach to doing business. According to Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, who hasn’t been booked in a year, he recently asked for his release based on inactivity and was granted it without question.

“I resigned…quit Strikeforce because I signed a six-fight two-year contract. They gave me two fights and it’s been a year I haven’t fought. I can’t live like this, spending a year in the ‘fridge,’” explained the heavy-handed Brazilian in an interview with TATAME. “There are events all over the world. People who know me know I like to be active.”

Santos’ last clash came on September 10, 2011 where he fell in the third round to Jordan Mein. The bout came eight months after his previous appearance in the promotion’s cage.

“Cyborg” also explained that the lack of fights have affected his skill-level not to mention his bank account as well.

“I lost speed. It’s like playing soccer. You gotta keep playing it,” admitted Santos. “A fighter’s source of money is the money he makes from fighting. If he doesn’t fight he doesn’t make money and doesn’t pay the bills. Everybody has family and their appointments.”

Supporting his stance on being sidelined without legitimate cause, Santos has already signed to fight on October 21 against Brandon Thatch under the Instinct MMA banner.


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