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(Gus. Fucking. Johnson. Pic: LA Times)

It was with a somewhat heavy heart we brought you news recently that women’s middleweight face-wrecker Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos was playing footsie with WWE, assumedly about joining the company’s stable of “divas.” In light of that, we’re pleased to report that Santos tells Tatame this week that she’ll return to the world of legitimate fighting in August … except … not with Strikeforce. From what we’re able to gather from the written report, Cyborg’s contract has expired and she can’t fight in America until she re-ups with SF. Not sure why, maybe some sort of non-compete clause or because there is just no other place for top-level women’s MMA fighters to ply their trade on this god-forsaken continent.

Instead, she’s nearly set to fight at an event in Brazil, against an opponent to be named later. After the jump, Cyborg’s manager elaborates, plus some notes about the return of former UFC middleweight Ivan Salaverry.

“It’s 99 percent set,” Rudimar Fedrigo told Tatame. “It’ll be an event promoted by Helio Dipp, that will probably take place at Santa Catarina on August 6, but we don’t have an opponent yet.”

Yeah, not sure what much of that means. One thing we do know for sure, Strikeforce better get the lead out and re-sign it’s top female fighter.

In other news, UFC veteran and all-around strange dude Ivan Salaverry – who wore brown before Forrest, did cartwheels before Diego and blew kisses to the crowd before … uh … nobody’s really picked up the ball and run with that one, huh? – will reportedly come out of retirement to compete at Bamma 6 in the UK next month. Salaverry hasn’t been seen in an MMA cage since losing to Rousimar Palhares at UFC 84, but will step in for an injured Phil Baroni to take on middleweight Matt Ewin on the British promotion’s May 21 show.

“I have wanted to get to the place in my life where I could compete 100 percent of the time,” Salaverry said through his management. “That doesn’t necessarily mean fighting but, for now that is where my passion is. That’s where I want to be. I miss it and as long as I feel healthy on all levels, that is what I’m going to do … I’m coming there to fight and represent all that I stand for, then afterwards, if Matt will do me the honor? I’d like to have a beer or a few of them with him.”

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Diesel67- May 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Darkhorse06 - Show some evidence (like a positive drug test) or shut up.

I'd like to see Cyborg fight in Israel. There must be some tough sabra girl who has muscles and knows how to use them. And the fans there will be appreciative.

Shoulders + Tits = Yummy
magnus- April 29, 2011 at 10:14 am
Glad i don't have to see that he-she's face again, don't let the door hit ya on the way out crissy
fightfan- April 29, 2011 at 7:07 am
She should jsut fight in the men's division. She could probably beat some 135 & 145ers. Guys like Gabe Rudigier would be a good fight
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 29, 2011 at 6:24 am
Oh shit...Salaverry is outta retirement? The middles all over the world are shitting themselves.
ExpectJesusBro- April 29, 2011 at 6:02 am

Damn it! Sorry about the CAPS lock. i'm not retyping all that though.
Payday- April 29, 2011 at 5:36 am
What is up with all the fucking spam?
Sabado Gigante- April 29, 2011 at 1:08 am
What if 5 years from now, Strikeforce becomes an all-female fight promotion?
DARKHORSE06- April 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm
I hate the fact that we talk about how much ass Cyborg kicks and that there's no competition out there for her. There is no competition out there because this chick is eating human pituitary glands and HGH. She is the female equivelent of Jash Barnett. Also, I'm pretty sure she has a dick. Also, nobodyowants to see chick fights. I can watch Gina Carano kick ass all day, but thats only because she's hot and the other chicks aren't.
DeadPull- April 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm
I think you need to use that picture of Gus Johnson every time there is any reference to him in any story whatsoever...
Spicymeatball- April 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Have her fight Royce Gracie at UFC Rio. She'd smash his ass.
djp1988- April 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Gus Johnson immediately realized that Cyborg wasn't celebrating a victory, she was challenging him to a Little Richard "WOO"-off. This is one fight where Cyborg doesn't stand a chance.
BLaire- April 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm
fellas text WEEKEND and send to 21534,they are having great deals with MMA..don't miss the chance .
KarmaAteMyCat- April 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Oh and I'd bet its the champion Clause they have in the contracts that prevents their champions from just JUMPING SHIP for an alloted amount of time after their contracts up.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Can I fight her for the Title? I can make her weight. I'm Game. Don't ever say I'm not up for new and exciting things.
Clyde- April 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Maybe she's just not planning or signing back with strikeforce because she doesn't expect it to still exist in August. The bellator tournament and the fighting men are also good ideas.
RwilsonR- April 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Probably a visa thing why Cyborg can't fight in the US other than with SF.
Although, Karma vs Cyborg would be one hell of a fight!
fatbellyfrank- April 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Is Johnson trying out for glee in that picture?
Koeikan- April 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm
War Ivan!

I've never met him, but he's a local guy and I'm friends with a few people who fight/train out of his MMA school and he's an awesome dude by all accounts... with some amazing old school UFC/MMA stories :).
mtnthc- April 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Guess its time for surgery then,...
Promise of Stress- April 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Karma I think Smitty is trying to lock up a fight for you.
Smitty- April 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm
There is no one for Cyborg to fight. She is leaps and bounds above any other female fighter in the world. They should let her fight lighter men with less experience.
intercept440- April 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm
playing footsie with wwe?? i can envision the sotryline now, she will play kanes wife whos face was scarred by a tainted vat of acne cream which was actually acid
CoreyO- April 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm
you'd think bellator would want to acquire the female equivalent to hector lombard and start up tourney for her weight class
Fried Taco- April 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm
So is he asking Matt to buy?