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Cristiane Santos making move to bantamweight division

When Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos returns to the ring in late 2012 or early 2013 she’ll do so in a new divisional home. The former Strikeforce featherweight champ, who had her belt stripped after testing positive for steroid use and is currently serving a yearlong suspension, dominated at 145 pounds for her part though the organization always struggled to find legitimate contenders for her to face.

With bantamweight being a much deeper weight-class, featuring the likes of Sarah Kaufman, Miesha Tate, and title-holder Ronda Rousey, “Cyborg” has decided she will swim with the sharks and fight at 135 pounds for the foreseeable future.

“Surprise,” she wrote on Twitter when asked about her slimmed-down appearance in pictures she’d posted on the social networking site.

Santos holds an overall record of 10-1 with eight strike-based stoppages including wins over Marloes Coenen and Gina Carano.


MMATraining Take: Rousey-Santos will easily be the biggest female fight in years when booked and could probably even sell a few buys if put on a UFC PPV. Each woman is talented and ferocious, plus there’s already some bad blood between the two.

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