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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Says Strikeforce Wants Her to Drop to 135 Because They Can’t Find Anyone to Fight Her

(Cyborg at 135 will be a scary woman, especially to other 135-pound women)

In an interview she did this week with TATAME, Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane Santos revealed a bit of insight into the plans the promotion has for its women’s division.

According to “Cyborg,” the Zuffa-owned organization has asked her to drop down to 135 following her December 17 title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka as they are looking to do away with the 145-pound class since they can’t find anyone to face her. On the bright side, Santos says she’s lucky that Strikeforce is accommodating the women on its roster considering UFC president Dana White’s thoughts on female MMA.

“I signed the contract for these four fights after UFC purchased Strikeforce, so I guess they’ll keep us, they’ll keep the female divisions and female MMA keeps growing and growing, and I guess they’re keeping the girls and it depends on what we do to call UFC’s attention,” Santos explains. “[As of right now there] are still two weight divisions: 135lbs and 145lbs.”

The 26-year-old Brazilian, who already cuts a massive amount of weight to make 145, says she’ll have her work cut out for her dropping another 10 pounds, but she’s willing to give it a shot if it means keeping her job.

“It’s already hard for me to drop to 145lbs, I gotta work a lot and they’re thinking about one division only. They asked me if I could do it. I can try; it’s not impossible. Let’s see… I guess that in the future there’ll be some news,” she predicts. “It’ll be hard because I got a lot of weight to lose, but it’d be good because I could fight more. I guess it’s important to keep active, it’s my job, so I’ll try it to stay here.”

In other news, the whole Strikeforce women’s 135-pound division announced today that it will be dropping to 125.

I say put Cris in with some of the men her size and see how she does if they can’t find women to fight her. The only problem with that plan that is they’d probably give Kenny Florian an immediate title shot at the new unisex belt.

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proudmmagf- November 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm
I see alot of you guys/ gals talk Shit about Cyborg have you even met her, or talked to her? PROB NOT!!! My gym is under where she trains in California. Im in Wisconsin she and her husband come to our gym to roll and show us just jitsu moves. Keep talking thats all I gotta say.
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Todd M- November 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm
@ Myklhoey, Rousey might ba able to match Cyborg, we still haven't seen enough of her to know, but I don't think that she is rushing to get that fight and I can't blame her.
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myklhoey- November 23, 2011 at 5:18 am
yap you area scholor
real great point i neva really thot of it that way
but you dont thibk that ronda can challenge cyborg
Todd M- November 23, 2011 at 12:41 am
@ Myklhoey, Nah I think that putting them all in one division is not a good idea. Women's MMA isn't really bursting with super stars so it is hard to set up the big name fights but as it is there is only really 2 major division, cutting it down to 1 will mean Cyborg will be the only champion and there will be even less exposure on the other few female stars. By having several divisions you can have several champions even if the division is thin. All the major MMA organisations have had weak divisions at some point, the UFC's Heavyweight division had guys like Justin Eilers getting title shots after losing to Paul Buentello. I really don't know the number of female fighters out there though, but there must be enough to have at least two divisions.
ghostboner- November 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm
Good luck making 135 there madame. This is a recipe for failure. General failure as well as kidney failure. Although it would be nice to see Marloes get another crack at her at 135.
myklhoey- November 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm
@ todd m
i think you have a great point, gettinem all in one div, and bro i dont care if gina wade 200lb id marry her but 210lb is the cut off and thats only for her, i dont drink any more so fat nasyy chiks can neva be applelin to me anymore
Todd M- November 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm
Also, this is really Strikeforces way to boost WMMA, putting them all in the one kitchen?
Todd M- November 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm
Strikeforce dropped the ball again, they should offer Rousey something worthwhile to stay at 145 and set up another Beauty vs Beast matchup.
@ Myklhoey, c'mon man, lets face it Gina isn't making 145 any time soon either, oh well more cushion for the pushin right brother?
itsgalf- November 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm
she wouldn't have that much trouble getting down to 135 if she would finish the transformation and get it snipped off.
intercept440- November 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm
fuck that dude , ill fight him, he look s a bit small though since im about 160.
wait that's not a dude??
eh. sorry even though you look like an albino gorilla , i was raised not to hit a girl..
wait did you say she had shrinking balls???
pre op trannny??.
what she's marride to a dude???.
whats his name chaz bono?.
his name is evangeline santos>>???
so lets get this straight? she's pre-op tranny to dude?.
and he cahnged his name to evangeline so he is a pre-op dude changing to a chick???
oh fuck it . im confused im going to the bar.
peace out bitches
NinjaVanish- November 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Florian? Try Urijah Faber.
Fried Taco- November 22, 2011 at 11:55 am
So is that why I saw Cyborg hitting up Zoila Frausto-Gurgel on twitter for some tips?!?
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myklhoey- November 22, 2011 at 11:48 am
In other news, the whole Strikeforce women’s 135-pound division announced today that it will be dropping to 125.

LOL hahahaha, yeah thats about right, i dont know, judo girl may want some of her,
and man what will that mean for gina, she had a tuff time cuttin to 145,
watch the hate comments for gina i will find you,
O Chan- November 22, 2011 at 11:26 am
"Cyborg at 135 will be a scary woman, especially to other 135-pound women" -- I'm going to say it's the same for most normal sized men as well.
XENOPHON- November 22, 2011 at 11:23 am
It's time these women who fight realize that the future with Strike Force is bleak. Possibly they should should look at unionizing or alternatively discussing options with Viacom/Bellator - and ascertain if they would be interested in hosting the same.
ccman- November 22, 2011 at 11:03 am
Her husband is gonna get upset if the weight cutting shrinks her balls.