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Evangelista Santos leaves Strikeforce citing inactivity as the issue

For an organization in need of welterweight competitors, let alone those with a reputation for turning in exciting efforts or possessing a hint of name value, Strikeforce seems to have a curious approach to doing business. According to Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, who hasn’t been booked in a year, he recently asked for his release based on inactivity and was granted it without question.

“I resigned…quit Strikeforce because I signed a six-fight two-year contract. They gave me two fights and it’s been a year I haven’t fought. I can’t live like this, spending a year in the ‘fridge,’” explained the heavy-handed Brazilian in an interview with TATAME. “There are events all over the world. People who know me know I like to be active.”

Santos’ last clash came on September 10, 2011 where he fell in the third round to Jordan Mein. The bout came eight months after his previous appearance in the promotion’s cage.

“Cyborg” also explained that the lack of fights have affected his skill-level not to mention his bank account as well.

“I lost speed. It’s like playing soccer. You gotta keep playing it,” admitted Santos. “A fighter’s source of money is the money he makes from fighting. If he doesn’t fight he doesn’t make money and doesn’t pay the bills. Everybody has family and their appointments.”

Supporting his stance on being sidelined without legitimate cause, Santos has already signed to fight on October 21 against Brandon Thatch under the Instinct MMA banner.


  • darth_irritable says:

    I’m surprised he didn’t cite “Also, I don’t want to fight in a promotion where my wife would hand me my own ass”.

  • Rece Rock says:

    its more like his wife was his meal ticket as far as getting fights… now shes an ex in both his life and as a wmma champ….SF no longer has to keep mr cyborg happy

  • Lord Faust says:

    Agree on all counts. Good journeyman fighter with savage leg kicks and he’s always in exciting fights, but he loses a lot of those exciting fights.

    I think his wife stole his name. She’s certainly made it marketable.

  • trupert says:

    I agree with Cyborg. Maybe I need to reread the Showtime contract but what happen to the SF Challenger cards? Santos fighting Spang or Pamplona would have made sense there.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’m pretty sure I remember Showtime cancelled Challenger series when they made the new contract.


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