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Exclusive: Strikeforce Women’s Middleweight Champ Cris ‘Cyborg’ is Officially a Free Agent and Is Close to Coming to Terms With a New Promotion

Well, Cris “Cyborg” Santos is officially a free agent, which either means that Strikeforce was unwilling to pay her what she felt she was worth, or that Zuffa has decided against continuing to promote women’s MMA under the SF banner. Either way, it’s a blow to the promotion’s women’s division.

A source we spoke to today received confirmation from Cyborg’s management that Zuffa’s exclusive negotiation period with the 10-1 Curitiba, Brazil fighter¬†ended yesterday and that the parent company of Strikeforce and the UFC failed to come to terms with the Strikeforce women’s middleweight champ before she became a free agent at the stroke of midnight.

According to Santos’ former manager Ken Pavia who helped negotiate the deal that was fulfilled with her last fight with Jan Finney on June 26, 2010, there was a champion’s clause in her contract, which he said he thought would extend her deal. But according to another we spoke to who is close to the situation, ¬†the clause had a one-year expiration date and when Strikeforce failed to re-sign her or offer her a fight by June 26, they waived their right to exercise the option.

You may recall that former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields had a similar proviso in his contract, but when Scott Coker and co. figured there was little chance of resigning him, they granted him a release rather than make him sit out the one-year waiting period.

We’re told that Cris is in serious discussions with a promotion that we’ve been asked not to name until the deal is finalized and that she could have a new contract in place as early as this weekend. Wherever Gina Carano is, she’s thanking her lucky stars.

We will have updates the situation when we are given the go-ahead to release them by the parties involved.


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dimaz wiryawan- October 21, 2011 at 5:00 am
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Oregon American- June 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm
You know she has to be squirting.
fingerssfv- June 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm
Well, believe it or not, if I were in jail, I would not mind having her as my cellie. She still is a female, you know. Besides, she could take care of all my problems while in prison. I bet I would not get messed with, by any crackpot inmates, unless they have a deathwish. I would place my money on her. SO yes, I would love having her as my cellmate.
pogodog7- June 29, 2011 at 11:15 am
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos wears the pants in her family and could probably beat a few guys in the UFC. She walks around at 5'10 and 175 lbs. Unfortunately, and I will be very kind in saying, that she is not the most attractive female MMA competitor and cannot speak English. She is just not marketable on any level and for that reason, the UFC will not promote women's MMA as long as she is the (please excuse the pun) the top dog.
knucklesamitch- June 29, 2011 at 6:12 am
I'm gonna guess she isn't going to Bellator considering he outweighs every female fighter than have by 20lbs.
Machiavelli- June 29, 2011 at 6:12 am
Why has "zhonghanu Says:" and "wereab Says:" not been booted? I know they might come back as another user but why make it easy for them?
Horsepower- June 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm
Shes looks like a female version of wanderlai silva =O
Maine Blazer- June 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm
WWE and will become the whatever is the Ultimate Title Champion.
HardCoreSupps- June 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm
Sorry, not spam. Never posted before. Always just come on and read.
HardCoreSupps- June 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm
Anyone ever hear of Tribal Fight League? Heard Gina is following too. Indian Casinos Only
RwilsonR- June 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm
Cyborg vs Marquardt - Battle of the Bacne
writebastard- June 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm
The new ProElite should probably sign her, along with Marquardt.
ArmFarmer- June 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm
iadyn and fried taco.. i lol'd
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Dru_P- June 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm
I think there's some interest in women's MMA, but the problem is the fights are few and far between. Maybe have a women only fight card and see how it fares?
AussieJosh- June 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm
djp1988- June 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Tai-Pan- June 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm
Granted not many people actually give a fuck about womens MMA, or womens sports in general there are two things that strike me as even more obvious now: Zuffa is preparing to merge Strikeforce and UFC as soon as possible (shocking I know), and Bellator has a decent opportunity to become the sole provider of womens MMA. To bad no one gives a fuck.
noname- June 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm
This is probably just Strikeforce's way of getting rid of her so Gina can be the champ, same way they got rid of Mayhem Miller.
Ascerendant- June 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Let's cut the crap. Let her fight men. Jose Aldo needs a challenge.
noizy- June 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Perhaps we overestimate MMA viewers; they'll watch women's MMA as long as the 'ladies are attractive'. Shallow bunch of bastards. :P
El Guapo- June 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Tranny Fight League, playboy.
El Guapo- June 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm
CP might not be able to spill the beans, but I'm singing like a canary. It's the TFL! Lifetime contract, playas..
Fried Taco- June 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm
@Ballkick - yeah, but what about Cyborg?
Ballkick- June 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm
The writings on the wall for Strikeforce's women.
Dana no like girls fighting.
End of story.