Former Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane Santos has said slimming down to 135 pounds is a medical impossibility on a number of occasions, the most recent instant of which came this week when her manager explained a doctor had once again confirmed how risky a proposition the move would be. According to the physician, Santos’ shredded physique would struggle with the weight cut and she could even risk giving birth in the future if going against his advice.
While the statements seem to cement Santos’ inability to fight as a bantamweight when viewed on the surface, questions have surfaced about the legitimacy of the doctor involved including a few from Ronda Rousey’s manager.
“If you ask five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions. I guarantee you can find doctors that’ll say the weight cut will be fine. It all depends on what side they’re working for,” said Darin Harvey to Yahoo Sports when asked about Santos’ latest reason for avoiding a bout with his client as a 135er. “I don’t want to see anyone get hurt long-term, but my personal belief is she can lose the weight. She would just prefer an advantage to fight at 145 pounds, and I think we have the advantage at 135.”
Rousey has been strongly opposed to the idea of bulking back up to 145 pounds for a super-fight with Santos since the prospect was first brought up. While it’s possible the amount of attention and money involved could change Rousey’s opinion, Harvey hopes that isn’t the case.
“At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda. I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see,” admitted Harvey.
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