Ferocious featherweight Cristiane Santos has taken a ton of criticism over the past couple of months due to her alleged inability to slim down to 135 pounds for a super-fight with UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. In the opinions of many, including UFC President Dana White, “Cyborg” is simply dragging her feet on the process and could make the required mark if truly motivated to do so.
Santos has grown tired of the insinuation the weight-cutting issue is a matter of motivation rather than concern for her own health and recently decided to address the issue in a heated message posted through Instagram.
“I am not afraid of Ronda! I will fight her anywhere and anytime for free,” wrote Santos. “Everyone knows I barely make 145, but I am willing to sacrifice and meet her half way at 140. I can’t believe Dana says I want nothing to do with Ronda – what he wants me to do is fight Ronda with both my hands tied behind my back or comatose so that she can have a chance, which is what making me fight at 135 is.”
“To finally shut everyone up I will fight Ronda with one hand tied behind my back at 140 pounds and still kick her ass and prove that I’m the real champ not her,” the 27-year old continued. “Let the winner take ALL. Come on Ronda, step up bitch!”
The 10-1 Santos hasn’t fought since December 2011, sitting out for a year due to a drug-related suspension. Prior to the situation she’d won scored a quartet of consecutive wins under the Strikeforce banner with all of the victories involving a strike-based stoppage. Meanwhile, Rousey (6-0) is set to defend her UFC belt for the first time in a few weeks at UFC 157 where she’ll face Liz Carmouche.
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