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Cristiane Santos signs with Invicta FC for April outing against Ediane Gomes

Ediane Gomes - Invicta FCWith former Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane Santos sticking to her guns regarding an inability to slim down ten pounds for a run in the Octagon, the UFC has decided to grant “Cyborg” a release from her Zuffa deal. Rather than flirt with free agency, the hard-hitting Brazilian has already inked a deal with all-female promotion Invicta FC.

Santos will be unveiled at Invicta FC 5 on April 5 and face Ediane Gomes. The winner of the bout will then see action against Marloes Coenen at Invicta FC 6, presumably for the company’s still-to-be-created featherweight belt.

“I am excited to finally get back in the cage and to have the opportunity to fight for Invicta Fighting Championships, which has shown a tremendous amount of commitment to furthering the growth of women’s MMA,” explained the 27-year old in a press conference broadcast on Inside MMA. “I will be ready on April 5 for Ediane and I plan to dominate my competition as I’ve done in the past.”

The 10-1 Santos has won eight fights via strike-based stoppage. However, she hasn’t seen action since December 2011 when she beat Hiroko Yamanaka and subsequently tested positive for PED use, resulting in the bout being changed to a No Contest and a twelve-month suspension.

Gomes makes for an excellent foil to Santos’ fierce fists, holding an overall record of 10-2 including seven submissions. She has come out with her hand raised in a quartet of consecutive clashes including two wins under the Invicta FC banner.

Invicta FC 5 is slated for Kansas City, Kansas with two title-fights at the top of the card. In one, 105-pound queen Jessica Penne (10-1) will mix it up with Michelle Waterson (10-3), while the other features Vanessa Porto (15-5) and Barb Honchak (7-2) battling for the company’s inaugural flyweight strap.


  • MickeyC says:

    Way to scew us out of a great female fight Dana. You should have done what it takes to get the fans the best fights. You.have no problem with superfights where men meet at catch weights. I realize you have alot invested in Rondy,but stop being such a punk. It was the fight we all wanted to see. You douch.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Homegirl looks kinda like Scott Baio, with bigger guns.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Happy to see that Santos has found a home and can continue on with her career.
    Curious to see if she’ll get Reemed now that she’s “off” the PEDs.
    Of course, who knows how strict Invicta’s Piss Policy is?

    Although Joanie Loves Chachi,
    Cyborg beats Chachi by TKO, Rnd 2.

  • darth_irritable says:

    I thought Invicta was going to keep running only women’s fights?

  • MCM says:

    i see what you did there.

    Personally, I think Rhea Perlman is looking in great shape.


    personallly I thought ladies fughts only happened on tv

  • elsicilian says:

    Cris Cyborg *might* be the greatest women’s fighter on the planet, but we can’t ever really know that because she’s been such an obscenely blatant steroid cheat for her entire career.

    Meanwhile, Dana White is obviously both concerned about PEDs and ambivalent about women’s MMA, so he’s being justifiably cautious about the undermining its fledgeling credibility with somebody like Santos. I am neither surprised nor disappointed that he’s insisting she fights at 135 … that’s the only way to guarantee she fights clean, which is the only way she’s helpful or interesting to the sport at all.


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