Cris “Cyborg” Santos: “I Don’t Think I Need to Prove Anything”

March 29, 2013
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Cris Cyborg Santos 029 SF16-478x270When Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos’ hand was raised following her 16-second knockout of Hiroko Yamanaka in Strikeforce on Dec. 17, 2011, the Brazilian was on top of the world.  She was the undisputed women’s 145-pound champion.  She ended the Gina Carano era of women’s fighting and replaced it with pure aggression and knockout finishes.

In the days following the title defense, mandatory drug tests showed Santos had tested positive for steroids.  The fight with Yamanaka was ruled a no contest and Santos was suspended from competition for a year.

Santos returns to the cage at Invicta FC 5 on April 5 against Fiona Muxlow, who replaces injured original opponent Ediane Gomes, in Cyborg’s first step toward reclaiming previous glory.

“I’m very excited because one year without fighting and still training, it’s very exciting.  I want to be in the next big show, the next show in Invicta,” Santos told

“I think it is the biggest opportunity for me.  It fights only the girls, and I feel the girls are welcome.”

Santos turned down an offer by the UFC to fight at 135 pounds.  She’s competed at 145 her entire career and to make 135 was just too much weight to cut.  The UFC doesn’t have a 145-pound women’s division, so Santos inked a deal with the all-women’s promotion of Invicta FC.

“Since Strikeforce is gone and the UFC only has 135, they’re kind of segregated to only one woman’s division.  Invicta gives an opportunity for five weight classes for other women to compete.  I think that’s where the highest women compete at is in Invicta,” said Santos’ manager Tito Ortiz.  “The depth is really in Invicta.  Until the UFC adds another weight class, the depth is in Invicta.”

Muxlow (6-2) is coming off of a loss to former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen after having won three consecutive fights, so she is also working on getting back on track. Muxlow, however, hasn’t been on the sidelines for the past year, she fought twice in the final three months of 2012.

With her suspension over, her Invicta FC debut on the horizon, and the UFC ordeal behind her, Santos doesn’t feel any added pressure to perform.

“I don’t think I need to prove anything for nobody because I try to do my best and winning or losing is a consequence.  I try to do a nice fight.  I try to do the best fight.  If you win or lose, it’s a consequence, but I want to put on a big show.  When people watch my fights I want it to be exciting,” she said.

Santos says she isn’t changing the way she fights, and her game plan is always the same, look to finish with a knockout.

“I think this fight, I will try for the knockout all the time,” said Santos.  “I’m not going to change anything in my plan to fight.  My plan is all the time try for the knockout.”

Should Santos defeat Muxlow, she’ll likely face Marloes Coenen next for the Invicta featherweight championship. Santos already holds a win over Coenen, but that was nearly three years ago, and she feels they’re both different fighters now.

“I think all the fights I have motivation because all the fights are a new match.  I think if I fight Marloes Coenen again, it has been a long time since we fought.  I think she’s better.  I’m very excited for the fights.”

Santos is still widely regarded as the top 145-pound female fighter on the planet.  For any 145-pound female to be truly recognized as the world champion, they’re going to have to beat Santos.

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  • james j

    Love it when Tito chimes in with a Captain Obvious statement. Hilarious.

  • macgrubber

    when will this scumbag learn that no1 cares if she is the best or not. Its womens mma. Its like the special olympics they only have it so people dont feel left out, no1 cares who wins, and they all bad anyway. I mean being the best female fighter is like being the tallest midget. You still a midget. only people that like to watch this garbage are bros who like to touch themselves to female mma fighters and cant get anything else.

    • John

      Why in the hell did bother to read the article if you don’t care?

    • Joey

      Ignorance at its finest. Watch Julie Kedzie vs Miesha Tate from last year and tell me the talent level in womens mma isnt growing by leaps an bounds.

    • dude

      Are you serious? I guess you think you could take on a professional women fighter? LMAO.

    • a fan since ufc1

      you douche i am quite sure any top woman fighter would kick the crap out or you. I enjoy the fights, you get to watch some women with real skills as well as watching some that are not too bad to look at and no i do not touch myself.

    • Tom Herman

      Your an A hole.

    • already know

      Not totally true but very funny

    • p3ezy

      f***sake. people who take trolls seriously and go get shitty on a mutts arse are just as bad, if not worse than the troller

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    Cyborg needs to prove it is a female. Cheeto Ortiz should rethink representing Cyroid

    • bajafox

      He looka lik-ah man


    Cyborg would be better off returning to brazil and living in the jungle. Have Tito as a manger is a death sentence anyway. No one cares about the cydude .

  • She needs to prove that she can pass a drug test

    • Oswald Cobblepott

      They should make this dude get a haircut. I don’t get why fighters like to keep it long!

      • Giovanni

        Yeah, they should make Clay Guida cut his hair too…LOL

  • yes i think she needs to prove her self and prove to all of us shes clean

  • Michael Gillick

    Translation? I didn’t want my arm snapped off by rousey so I went to face weaker competition

  • HpPavilion22

    she would never have beaten Gina , Marloes or Hiroka without the aid of steroids and the entire world knows it, once a cheater always a cheater

  • NumberOneSoulBrother

    Along with the fact that she beats up smaller fighters, the bottom line is that she is a cheater and has always been a cheater.

  • candelario

    i agree, Cris doesn’t need to prove anything, her mma record speaks for it’s self… people say disrespectful things because she isn’t a beautiful as Gina or some of the other chicks… give her respect

    • Cereal Killer

      Taking steroids earns you ZERO respect!

      • Cptmats

        I guarantee with the amount of fighters using PED’s today that you support many fighters taking steroids !

        • bcoy

          Grow up kid. They’re all passing the required tests idiot!! So either way, She’s obviously abusing the system since She got caught. Oh yeah, then there’s that other thing with her huge head and brow bone and weighing as much as a dude and being solid muscle. I’m sure her high school pics she looks like an entirely different person. Unless She’s a closeted trans guy.

          • Cptmats

            your an Idiot !

    • bvoy

      Lol that’s hilarious! Is this Tito???
      How about passing a drug test? That’s what I thought. She has a lot to prove. No ones ever seeen her fight clean. So pretty bad management filling her head if she feels she has nothing to prove. Maybe she should fight that Fox dude.

      • Cptmats

        ” No ones ever seeen her fight clean.”

        Bulls*** !

        She has never tested positive for anything in a pre-fight blood test ! The only time she tested positive for any thing was three weeks after her last fight !

        Tested clean ten out of eleven times, she screwed up its in the past .
        She has nothing to prove !

        • Steve Perkins

          Naive much?

          • Cptmats

            Stupid much ?

  • Fat Bloke

    If Overeem is any indication you can expect Cyborg to not be as effective as she was when she was on steroids. Steroids provide a huge advantage that should never be underestimated.

  • John Bunch

    (Insert man masquerading as a woman joke of your choice) is so (insert any adjective form reference to taking PED’s) terrible because (make a reference to the fact that PED’s guarantee victory, no matter how unskilled you are and how superior your opponent’s skill level is) that’s what I think. She got busted, get over it. If she’s clean now, deal with her destroying everyone in front of her. If she fails another test…then talk about it.

  • Cereal Killer

    Holy crap, are any of you speaking english? Besides the abuse of the written word, Cyborg is nothing to MMA unless she quits the roids and comes down to her natural weight of 135.

  • already know

    Cyborg will destroy rousey. Rousey hiding behind dana and a weight limit that cyborg cant make. Rousey tries to become relevant by putting cyborgs name in her mouth. Im a white american and i believe rousey will get her asss beat and so does rousey.

    • jim

      Get that sh*t out of here…….if she puts 10 pounds of steroid muscle on her frame she should be able to make 135 now that she’s off the juice! If you havnt seen recent pictures cyborg isn’t half the man she was in her last fight…..dosnt even look like the same person off the roids…… she’s afraid she wont be able to have children if she has to drop a few extra pounds??????????? I guess male hormones pumping through your body isn’t bad though right cyborg????

      • Cptmats

        ” If you havnt seen recent pictures cyborg isn’t half the man she was in her last fight”
        Funny how she just fought at 145lbs and looked as huge and ripped as she ever did. Anyone with half a brain would be able to tell the only way she could drop ten more pound is by spending a month on the crack pipe !

    • big dadee

      Grow up troll. Rousey isn’t trying to do anything . She’s ufc champ and all over the media. Funny I don’t hear ESPN, showtime, time magazine, jay Leno etc… mentioning a suspended heavily drugged fighter by the name of cyborg anywhere except mma rags.
      Cyborg needs to prove he or she can compete and pass a drug test more than once to ever be relevent .

    • jeremy

      Rondy’s the champ first off. that means woman come to her. and Dana wanted to make it work and tried. even to let her fight in avicta and eventually work out a fight with Ronda. Cyroids had the perfect sest up but she asked for her release form the UFC/Strikeforce contract. and now signed with avicta anyways. she didnt want a chance to fight ronda. that move made it obvious. And when she got busted and got off teh juice her weight dropped .. so she can make the weight. thats so stupid to say she cant cut 10 pounds..


    Cyborg might want to prove she doesn’t have a pair.

  • Dave Stiles

    how about proving u dont got a peepee and can fight without riods freak.

  • Bossdog420

    I agree she is a man or has at least the same amount of testosterone as a man that is why she can’t lose 10lbs so they might not catch her shooting horse spoog into her eyes. But she will be on somthing always has been just like her dumb ass ex.

  • Matt

    How does an MMA writer not know the current name of the athlete he or she is writing about? She hasn’t been Santos for a long while now…


    Cyborg should just grow a full beard and scare all the woman out of MMA.