Despite Ronda Rousey’s creative call-out, recent news from Twitter suggest that Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is nowhere near finding her way back inside the Strikeforce cage.
Brazilian heavy-hitter tweeted about waiting for her release from Strikeforce due to the lack of action in Women’s 145lbs weight class. “My division no longer exists,” said Santos, before revealing she’s on her way out from San Jose-based promotion.
(via The Underground):
Cris Cyborg @criscyborg
Do not stay sad. God knows all things. Surely at some event that will fight Have my category.
I’m waiting for my liberation from the UFC..
Luke Thomas @SBNLukeThomas
Cyborg is running her Tweets through Google Translator and publishing them verbatim. Would a Portuguese speaker kindly translate them?
17mDaniel Vaz @VazDaniel
“Guys, I’m afraid that fight is not happening. My division no longer exists. I’m waiting to be released from the UFC.”
Santos has defended her Strikeforce Featherweight title three times, with victories over Marloes Coenen, Jan Finney and Hiroko Yamanaka (now a no contest). Cyborg’s historical clash with Gina Carano was the first ever top-tier MMA card headlined by Women’s bout, attracting nearly 580,000 viewers on Showtime. Cristiane Santos is currently 10-1 (1) in her MMA career.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker related to Cyborg’s comments: “She must be misinformed,” Coker told MMAWeekly.com’s Erik Fontanez. “I don’t understand why she’d be saying that since we just had a 145-pound fight on the card tonight.”
The 145-pound fight Coker is referring to is Hiroko Yamanaka vs. Germaine de Randamie, which the Japanese vet won via Unanimous Decision.