Despite criticism from outsiders, including rival Ronda Rousey, it appears Cristiane Santos now has a doctor’s note supporting her claim that she cannot compete as a bantamweight out of concern for her well-being. Fans have been calling for a fight between Rousey-Santos for the past year, hoping to pit two of the most talented females to ever grace the cage against each other in what would make for an epic encounter. However, Rousey has been unwilling to budge on Santos’ request for the fight to take place in her regular divisional home of featherweight, while “Cyborg” has stated she cannot slim down to 135 pounds for health-related reasons.
Santos’ camp reiterated that point this week in a conversation with MMAWeekly where it was said Santos has recently undergone testing again to see how the weight-cut would affect her, and, according to a cardiologist, it’s still a no-go. It was also reported the 27-year old would risk the ability to have children down the road by putting that sort of strain on her body.
With both sides of the equation adamant in their resolve regarding weight, it looks like an eventual super-fight featuring Rousey/Santos isn’t any closer to happening now than it was months ago. Rousey is currently 6-0 and the Strikeforce bantamweight champ, while “Cyborg” holds a mark of 10-1 and hasn’t lost since her professional debut in 2005.
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