UFC hall-of-famer and former light-heavyweight champion, Tito Oriz, has taken to the world of fighter management and seems to be treating his star athlete, Cyborg Santos, much like he took to his own career.
After being self managed for the majority of his fighting life, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” built a reputation for his unconventional ability to grab the spotlight even if it was for all the wrong reasons.
In the case of Cyborg Santos, the former Strikeforce champion is apparently ready to make the drop to 135 pounds to take on Ronda Rousey, however, it’s only after a lengthy media frenzy that Ortiz has finally relented.
Check out what he recently told mmafighting.com.
“She wants the fight with Ronda, but the biggest challenge and the biggest obstacle for us is getting down to 135,” said Ortiz. “You know, Ronda’s fought at 145 for her whole career besides her last fights, and ‘Cyborg’s’ fought her whole career at 145. She doesn’t know what it feels like to get down to 135.”
“For a woman, it’s very difficult. For a man it’s easier. There’s no fat on that woman. She walks at 170, 172, naturally, and for her to cut down for 135 for that one, its physically unhealthy. As a former UFC fighter, wrestler, I’ve been cutting weight for over 20 years and I’ve been dieting for over 20 years. I feed myself, I do my own diet, I did the right things in my career to cut the weight. There’s times in my career where I cut 25 pounds for weight, but as a man, that’s OK, because I can have three percent body fat. For a woman, that’s unhealthy. A woman can’t be under 12 percent body fat. Because for them, they’re missing their menstrual cycles.”
“I want to make sure as a manager to make the right decision for my fighters’ future, health wise. I don’t want her dying because of cutting too much weight, we’ve seen that happen before in college wrestling. I want to make sure that doesn’t happen under the UFC, someone under my wing, under my name, I don’t want that to happen. If UFC can make it happen, Mike Dolce can make it happen, Cris Cyborg is going to fight Ronda Rousey. “