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Tito Ortiz expects UFC to come calling for Cristiane Santos after a few wins

Cyborg SantosThe 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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2 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    Why would they keep talking about Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva? …Then all of the sudden when they talk about Cris Cyborg vs. Ronda Rousey, it’s never going to happen,?”

    Because they have divisions for those fighters to fight in. Once they open up a 145lb division for women, and Cyborg becomes the long reigning champ of it, they can talk about a catch weight fight. Until then, there is just no room in the UFC for her. And at this stage of WMMA, that’s fine.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Didn’t Dana just say this was going to be the case before she wanted out of her UFC contract? If she didn’t want to fight at 135 to have her fight in Invicta until she either made bantamweight or they had a 145 pound division.

    Tito is just making noise and shouting what was already in place and then if it happens he can claim it was all his idea. Wonder if when Cyborg is exposed and beaten if Tito will come into the cage and be her translator and make up excuses for her. After all he was so good at making excuses for himself when he lost.

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