Cris “Cyborg” Santos last week announced that she had inked a new contract that would keep her under the Zuffa umbrella. She will continue fighting for Strikeforce, where she currently holds the women’s, newly renamed, featherweight championship at 145 pounds.
The only questions now are who, when, and where.
Strikeforce general manager Scott Coker on Tuesday added little to the equation, but did say “I know they’re talking about a fight before the end of the year.” He had nothing to add about and opponent, date, or location.
There has been strong speculation that Strikeforce is mapping out a major show in November or December, which would likely host the fight.
Another title bout that is likely targeted for the same event is Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez defending against Jorge Masvidal.
If there were only one more major Strikeforce event this year, it would also be likely to host the final bout of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The semifinals are being contested on Sept. 10 in Cincinnati with Josh Barnett fighting Sergei Kharitonov and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva squaring off with Daniel Cormier.
Santos has been on the shelf since she KO’d Jan Finney with a crushing knee to the body last summer. Currently maintaining a 10-1 record, losing only her professional debut, Santos is widely regarded as the top female fighter in the world.