The back-and-forth bantering between the UFC and female featherweight Cristiane Santos doesn’t appear to be over even though “Cyborg” recently signed a deal with Invicta FC with an April debut lined up. According to the Brazilian’s manager, Tito Ortiz, the expectation for Santos is that she’ll pick up a few solid wins in Invicta FC and use the success to score her a spot on the UFC’s roster despite the fact she still isn’t open to fighting at 135 pounds.
“Do three fights…show how dominant she can be in three fights, then we can negotiate and show what’s she’s truly worth. I’m going to do my part as a promoter and manager of getting her name huge and showing everybody that she’s a force to be reckoned with and never to be forgotten,” said Ortiz earlier today on The MMA Hour.
Ortiz also confirmed Santos’ focus will still be on a catch-weight clash with UFC champion Ronda Rousey rather than a bout in the bantamweight division where the company’s lot of female fighters reside.
“Why would they keep talking about Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva? Why would they talk about Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva? Then all of the sudden when they talk about Cris Cyborg vs. Ronda Rousey, it’s never going to happen, no possible way,” complained Ortiz, pointing to a few other fights the UFC has been open to making with the two sides meeting in the middle.
Santos is scheduled to face Ediane Gomes on April 5 at Invicta FC 5. The match-up will mark her first since being suspended in December 2011 for steroid use.
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