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UFC won’t make weight-based exception to sign “Cyborg” Santos

With the UFC’s historic decision regarding the future of female fighters under the promotion’s banner, a highly-anticipated bout between Cristiane Santos and Ronda Rousey seemed to be one step closer to materializing given the organization’s financial resources and mainstream reach. However, unfortunately, neither woman has budged when it comes to weight meaning the match-up remains in limbo.

Rousey competed at 145 pounds early in her career but has truly shined as a bantamweight, while Santos is a featherweight by trade and apparently unable to slim down safely to make 135 pounds for a meeting with “Rowdy” Ronda.

Though UFC President Dana White hasn’t been critical of Santos’ stance on dipping down despite being one of MMA’s more muscular women, the outspoken executive recently made it clear she won’t be part of the UFC’s roster unless she figures out a way to change weight-classes.

“We’re bringing in the 135-pound division,” said White after UFC 154. “I’m trying this whole women’s thing out. Obviously, Ronda is the champ. I think Ronda has the potential to be a big star. She’s already getting media that we’ve never even gotten before, and she’s never even set foot in the UFC yet. That’s the division that we’re bringing in. We’re bringing in the 135-pound division.”

White also added that the UFC’s matchmaking team has spoken to Santos’ camp and, in his words, “she doesn’t seem too excited to fight Ronda.”

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/UFC

6 COMMENTS
  • moosebaby02 says:

    Not that we didnt already know this but Its offical Uncle Dana has picked a side

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’d like to see what Dana’s stance would be if Gina were to come back to WMMA…and actually mean it this time.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    true dat Alpha

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  • Rece Rock says:

    It’s business… If your Santos you either go with the flow and do what you gotta do if you want in on the UFC division or you move on to invicta build yourself up again and wait for more weight classes to open up in UFC… I don’t see how taking a hard stance is going to get her anything but a delayed return.

    I think it’s absurd that a suspended/ stripped champion even has the balls to be negotiating anything… be happy Zuffa even has an interest, if it’s not for you or you can’t meet there current requirements then move on.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    She’s said in a few interviews she wants to get out of her Zuffa contract and go to Invicta, so that might be where she ends up

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  • Sumoninja says:

    Still totally ridiculous Santos is stuck on this weight thing. Lose some muscle, lose the weight. It’s not rocket science.

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