by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Cris “Cyborg” Santos (7-0) defended her 145-pound women’s Strikeforce title against Marloes Coenen (17-5) on Jan. 30 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and is prepared to fight whoever Strikeforce puts in front of her.
Coenen was game and gave Santos a better fight than most of her previous opponents including Gina Carano, but the power and tenacity of Santos proved too much. The fight was stopped in the third round with Cyborg on top of Coenen landing unanswered strikes.
“I was prepared for the five rounds, and I was happy that she was also prepared for this fight,” Santos told MMAWeekly.com following the title bout. “To have a good fight, you have to have your opponent want to fight.”
The game plan heading into the contest is always the same for the Brazilian. “My plan was to be prepared in any situation,” said Santos.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has said that Erin Toughill (10-2-1) could be the next to get a shot at Santos’ belt.
Questioned about Toughill, Santos commented, “I’m prepared to fight anyone. It’s up to Scott Coker and my manager. I’m ready.”
Asked if there is a female fighter out there that can challenger her, the Strikeforce titleholder simply replied, “I’m prepared to fight anyone.”