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Cristiane Santos confirms she will return to the ring as a bantamweight

When former Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos makes her next appearance inside the cage after serving a yearlong suspension for steroid use she will do so in a new division and with her sights clearly set on undefeated bantamweight Ronda Rousey.

According to Santos, she is using her time away to polish up her ground-game as well as to slim down and come back at 135 pounds where Rousey holds the Strikeforce title.

“Surprise,” Santos responded via Twitter when asked by Five Ounces of Pain about the possibility based on some recent photos she’d posted.

In addition to holding divisional gold, “Rowdy Ronda” has been extremely critical of Santos since coming on the scene, even going so far as to question her gender. The move also makes sense beyond their personal issues based on the relatively low number of legitimate contenders competing at 145 pounds.


  • Lord Faust says:

    I like Rhonda, but Cyborg is going to beat her like a rented mule.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Wont matter, by the time she comes back Rhonda won’t have the belt, Sarah will.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Alot can happen in the time it’s gonna take for Cyborg’s suspension to be finidhed and for her to be relicenced…
    one word ( well acronym) for Cyborg…. VADA.

  • Lord Faust says:

    PEDs or not, Cristiane has that killer instinct and legit skills. Provided her confidence hasn’t suffered, I expect her to pick up mostly where she left off — minus powerbombing light heavyweights in training.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Rousey had better hope Santos has to fight a eliminator fight first so she has more time to train because right now she would get crushed by Christiane.

  • king mah mah says:

    Well of course she’s dropping down in weight! It’s hard to maintain a man’s figure when she’s not injecting steroids into every muscle of her body! I’m sure she’s still using, but just hiding it better.

  • Well….everyone has supposed to beat Rowdy….but she always finds that arm…..Cyborg might knock her around…but she better not hit the canvas or that arm just might not come home with her that night.

  • Angry Mike says:

    If Cyborg has dropped weight, Rousy’s chances improve. Cyborg used her size and strength to great advantage, bullying her opponents. At a lighter weight she will still be a dangerous striker, but I doubt she will be so dominant.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Possible, but I think she’ll still have a size advantage. I assume she’ll be cutting over 10 lbs. to meet the weight limit anyway. As long as she cuts right, she should still be noticeably bigger than Rhonda.


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