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Open Discussion: Is Cyborg’s Demise Good for Women’s MMA?


(I bet even those scientists from the future who put me together couldn’t have predicted that old #643227 would become a future champion!) 

Success is a double edged sword. On one hand, it brings fame, fortune, and an immeasurable sense of self confidence, one that can only be gained by the awareness that you are truly the best at what you do. On the other, it brings crushing, tireless scrutiny from everyone around you, including those who helped build you up in the first place. And it is when you allow those naysayers to affect your daily routine, your mental state, or, in Christiane “Cyborg” Santos‘ case, your training regimen, that you have begun the inevitable fall from grace that follows.

Ever since her introduction to the public MMA circuit, Santos was looked at as a fighter who was simply on another level than that of her female counterparts. Her strength, striking ability, and general physique was shocking to even the most devoted MMA fans, and after she handled Gina Carano to take the Strikeforce women’s featherweight title, we knew she would be there for a long, long time.

And as with any case of athletic dominance, steroid accusations were immediately lobbed at the champ. Though there was little evidence to suggest any truth to these claims, pundits and keyboard warriors alike ruthlessly pursued them nonetheless. And as it turns out, behind the rumor was a fair bit of truth.

Though the jury is still out on the legitimacy of Cyborg’s “tainted supplements” claims, her temporary absence may have provided women’s MMA with some breathing room, at least at 145 pounds. Let us not forget that this was a division that took over a year and a half to find its champion a match-up, and when it did, the fight was over in less time than it took Jimmy Lennon Jr. to introduce both parties involved.

Now that this otherworldly force has been removed from the scene, it could make for several interesting match-ups in the featherweight division. Depending on how she fairs against bantamweight champion Meisha Tate in March, Ronda Rousey could surely continue her dominant run in her original weight class. Names like Alexis Davis, who is set to take on Sarah Kaufman at 135 lbs at the same event, Amanda Nunes, and Tara Larosa have all fought at 145 before, and could easily shake things up in the featherweight division. Hell, maybe even Gina Carano could come back for a couple of marquee fights. But that pipe dream is more than likely dead, as the early reviews for Haywire have been overtly positive, and are likely the start of a new phase in “Conviction’s” career.

And it was with Carano’s departure from the sport that we saw one of the main problems facing women’s MMA, that of our need for a Xena-like champion who is as dominant as she is beautiful. Despite the fact that Cyborg displayed a supremacy unmatched by any female figure in the sport, not one website, magazine, or other publication mentioned her when discussing this whole “face of women’s MMA” nonsense. Even in a sport in which the competitors put their physical appearance on the line with every fight, we simply didn’t want to accept the fact that someone as…let’s say, homely, as Cyborg would be its representative.

But we’re not here to address issues that are best left for one of Oprah Winfrey’s self empowerment speeches, we’re here to talk shop. As Seth pointed out, Strikeforce’s collapse is as evident as ever, and being that Dana White and the UFC have all but refused to acknowledge women’s MMA as a legitimate investment, it appears that the sport in general is walking on flimsy legs. So what do you think, could Cyborg’s absence help save women’s MMA? Will the 135 pound division provide enough marquee match-ups to keep interest alive? Or are we hearing the fading S.O.S of a sinking ship? Discuss.

-Danga 

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Fatty McDickbutts- January 10, 2012 at 7:29 am
Why's Wandy wearing a wig?
snakey- January 10, 2012 at 5:58 am
It must be a good thing for women's MMA. She has been the Caster Semenya of MMA and pretty much killed off women's MMA.
fsdfrtet- January 10, 2012 at 5:22 am
http://xrl.us/bmn63b
Mofo- January 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm
"Morose" - ahhhh autocorrect, thank you for censoring my name. It is dirty, dirty name indeed.
ccman- January 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm
I read morose article and the photo at the end said it all.
Mofo- January 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm
“not one website, magazine, or other publication mentioned her when discussing this whole “face of women’s MMA” nonsense”
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Granted, but they all mentioned her when discussing the Face of The Kraken.
Anhonestmoose- January 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Damn, Mofo, that picture of cyborg is the most telling part of that story.
veertype- January 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Cyborg is big enough and mean enough to butt rape Nick Diaz. She is more ripped than GSP!

Who could possibly be surprised by this?

As far as looks go I'd rather have this as the face of women's MMA
http://oddanimals.com/worlds-ugliest-dog/
mtnthc- January 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm
It will be interesting to see how women's mma pans out. Fired Taco probably has it right, Zuffa will let it fade once the kill Strikeforce for good (and please do it soon). On the other hand, it could be a mistake for Zuffa to do so given the Bellator seems to actually be starting to hold its own and giving up women's mma would further legitimize their competition with an exclusive angle.

At this point having women's mma consolidated under Bellator or Zuffa would probably be best though, there just doesn't seem to be enough depth for two promotions.

In any case, glad to see that pumped up wart hog out!
Kaboom82- January 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm
I just wish there were a bunch of cyborgs. The only reason it's not fair is because there's only 1. Women's MMA would flourish with a multitude of beasts like her. There's always work for the pretty bitches carrying the card around the octagon between rounds anyway.
Romeo_Must_Rock- January 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm
let her fight some guys and women won't be shouting equality anymore..

Call Megumi Fujii, i'd rather have her as the face of women's MMA
smellypiratehooker- January 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm
I believe it certainly does help Women`s MMA. Cyborg was hardly a women and now if the division survives it will be much more believable that some brazilian didn`t get a sex change to dominate WMMA. I can`t help but think when I watch her fight that there`s a man beating up on some chicks and that disgusts me. I think they would do well to leave that wherever it is.

To add to that, I do believe that WMMA will have an easier time surviving with some attractive chicks. The guys love them and the girls want to be them. What fucking girl wants to be cyborg if they can be Rousey. what fucking guy wants to screw cyborg unless they play for the pink team.
rpn452- January 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm
I think it's good. I never derived any pleasure from watching him beat up chicks. Quite the opposite; it disgusted me.
SouthAfricanMMA- January 9, 2012 at 11:33 am
In a word, absolutely.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 9, 2012 at 10:50 am
imagine how much ass hair cyborg has to shave/wax. I also bet her clit looks like an irishman's cock.
The12ozCurls- January 9, 2012 at 10:43 am
@Joedirt
For the sake of MMA, I hope JDS kicks Reem's ass and then the Reem pisses hot. If Reem wins and then tests positive, we all lose.
El Guapo- January 9, 2012 at 10:38 am
Austin Powers cracked the case a loooong time ago, you guys.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOIEGz7o_s
ArmFarmer- January 9, 2012 at 10:34 am
Over the last year cyborg has completely ruined women's mma... how can that be a good thing? This was the nail in the coffin. Zuffa was already resisting women's mma, they won't want a thing to do with it now. I think it will come back eventually, women's mma has more appeal to it than other women's sports, but right now it's crippled. Tate and Rousey, the future of women's mma rests on your shoulders. No pressure...
Joedirt- January 9, 2012 at 10:33 am
Seriously we should put together a pool on when Reem fails his test... it's only a matter of time.
The12ozCurls- January 9, 2012 at 10:22 am
I want to know what took so long for the positive test. When the althletic commission's tester went into the bathroom to collect Cyborg's sample and she pissed standing up all the while holding her big hairy schlong . . . . the jig was certainly up.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am
CCman said it all.
Mofo- January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am
And that article shows a foto of Cyborg before the roids!
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It's like looking at Michael Jackson's Off The Wall record cover.
Mofo- January 9, 2012 at 10:08 am
"not one website, magazine, or other publication mentioned her when discussing this whole “face of women’s MMA” nonsense"
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Granted. But they ALL mentioned her when discussing the Face of Men's MMA.
Get Off Me- January 9, 2012 at 10:08 am
Ever see the movie "sleep away camp"....That's Cyborg at the end by the camp fire.
Mofo- January 9, 2012 at 10:07 am
I suggest you all check out this article by sexy computer scientist slash MMA fighter slash doctor Rosi Sexton (12-2 record)... what a great name for a cute little female fighter...
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http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/376313/Dr-Rosi-Sexton-Hormonally-male-female-fighters-are-bad-for-the-sport/
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But Ani703 already summed up the article if it's too long for you to read it.
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