Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ manager believes a bout with Ronda Rousey will happen, but not at 135 pounds.
UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz now manages former Strikeforce titleholder Cris Santos. He spoke with MMAWeekly.com about Santos’ career, her return and a possible bout with Ronda Rousey.
“It is going to happen, for sure. The fans are going to get that fight – at 135-pounds, no way. She can’t do it healthwise, but the fight is going to happen, for sure,” said Ortiz about a Cyborg match-up with Rousey.
“When Cris Cyborg dominates and takes out Ronda Rousey then she’ll be right back in the shoes when she was a world champion and taking out some of the biggest names in the women’s division.”
Santos was stripped of her title after testing positive for a banned substance following her technical knockout win over Hiroko Yamanaka in December. The win has since been changed to a no contest and Santos is currently serving a suspension from fighting.
“I know the mishap she happened to have last year,” said Ortiz. “She was just in the wrong hands I think. She stood up for herself. She said, yes, I made a mistake. I sat down and talked to her and told her we can’t have this happen ever again. I kind of want to revamp you and make you the true champion you are.
“She said, ’yes, I made a mistake. The people around me were bad people, but I’m the one that made the decision and I shouldn’t have and I’ll never do it again.’
I said, ‘I’ll put my stamp on you. You’re a great fighter. You’re one of the best in the world.’ No girl can touch this girl. This girl is amazing. She is an amazing fighter.”
In her time away from competing, Santos has been working to make herself more marketable in the U.S.
“We actually have her in English classes right now. I’m trying to help build her brand. She promised me that she’s going to do everything in her power that she possibly can to continue to be a world champion. We’re just waiting for her suspension to be lifted. I think it’s in November,” said Ortiz.
“I want her to defend her title as long as Anderson Silva did… because the women’s division has taken off.”
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