Hopes surrounding the possibility of a fight featuring Ronda Rousey-Cristiane Santos took a major blow last night when news surfaced status “Cyborg” had requested to be set free from a deal with Zuffa linked to her time in Strikeforce. As such, Santos will look to take her talents elsewhere in order to continue competing as a 145er rather than in the bantamweight field Rousey currently rules.
Manager Tito Ortiz revealed the development on Inside MMA, explaining Santos turned down a recent offer from the UFC based on feeling as though she still can’t slim down to 135 pounds. Ortiz maintained “Cyborg” was willing to face Rousey at a 140-pound catch-weight but could go no further. As such, it appears her flirtation with the world’s foremost MMA promotion is at an end.
“Since they’re not having a 145 pound weight-class, what else can they do,” asked Ortiz rhetorically regarding her release.
The 10-1 Santos hasn’t fought since December 2011 when a win she notched was changed to a No Contest in light of her failing a drug test relating to PED use. Prior to the situation she’d scored strike-based stoppages in a quartet of clashes under the Strikeforce banner, beating the likes of Hitomi Akano, Marloes Coenen, and Gina Carano.
Ortiz’s full take can be seen below:
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/NBC