Cris “Cyborg” Santos Advised by Doctors Not to Cut to 135
Fans, fighters and even Dana White may be disappointed with the news that is coming out of Cris “Cyborg” Santos camp this morning.
In a report on MMAWeekly it seems that doctors have advised the former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion not to attempt to cut down to 135lbs so she can face Ronda Rousey for what will be the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
Her cardiologist said it is not a safe move and she was also warned it could hinder future attempts at having children. Santos has been serving a suspension since December of last year because of a failed drug test given after defeating Hiroko Yamanaka on the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal card in San Diego. Santos tested positive for Stanozol which is an anabolic steroid.
Rousey has not only become the biggest star of WMMA, but is fast becoming one of the more popular and sought after MMA fighters in the world. She has been nominated for numerous awards by Fighters Only and also appeared on the cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue for 2012.
Rousey and Santos have exchanged a war of words and Rousey called out Cyborg after defeating Sarah Kaufman this past August. The win ran her professional record to 6-0 with all six wins coming via first round armbar. Cyborg has criticized Rousey for her unwillingness to fight her at 145lbs because Rousey in Judo at that weight.
Cyborg won the Strikeforce title by defeating former WMMA icon Gina Carano in the first round of their fight back in August of 2009. That bout marked the first time a major mixed martial arts show was headlined by a womens fight.
Last week rumors were running rampant that Rousey had signed a contract with the UFC and that Strikeforce would shut its doors after their January 12 event in Oklahoma, but Rousey has quickly squashed those rumors. Regardless it’s just a matter of time before we see her inside the Octagon, whether its against Cyborg or not remains to be seen.