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Cyborg Plans Include Fights at 135 and 145

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Cris “Cyborg” Santos has run roughshod over the women’s ranks at 145 pounds. She’s currently considered the top pound-for-pound female fighter on the planet, and she wants to make a move to 135 pounds to prove it.

The only blemish on Cyborg’s record is her very first professional bout, when she got caught in a kneebar. She hasn’t faltered since.

Over the course of 10 bouts, Cyborg has won them all, physically dominating her opposition, knocking out eight of 10 of the women she has defeated.

She will make the next defense of her Strikeforce featherweight title against Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on Dec. 17 in San Diego, but successful or not, Cyborg sees a drop in weight in her future.

Yamanaka is one of the top 145-pounders coming out of Japan, but finding fighters or her caliber to challenge Cyborg has become increasingly difficult. It has been nearly a year and a half since her last fight. That’s part of the reason that she wants to make the bantamweight division part of her future.

“It’s going to be difficult, but I’m going to try to make the move because there’s going to be more work for me there,” Cyobrg told MMAWeekly.com through an interpreter.

The 135-pound class on the women’s side currently holds more top tier talent than featherweight, and there are numerous world-class fighters there that Cyborg hasn’t faced yet. There is current Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate, Sarah Kaufman, Liz Carmouche, and several others.

It likely wouldn’t be a permanent move, however.

“I want to try and do both categories if it’s possible. There will be more opportunities at 135,” said Cyborg.

Strikeforce’s Scott Coker supports his featherweight champion’s plans to fight in both weight classes, saying, “Right now we’re committed to running those two weight classes. We’re gonna keep doing it and there will be more fights for Cris at 135 or 145.”

There have been doubts about the future of the promotion, but as long as Strikeforce continues to operate, it appears that there will be more opportunities for fans that want to see Cyborg fight, with opportunities heading her way in two weight classes.


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    I don’t see how she could possibly make 135lbs. It’s fun to talk about but I don’t see it happening.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeanjowel JeanJowel

      I totally agree, she would have to lost a significant amount of muscle mass in order do it. she prob walks around at 165.

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    James Irvin thinks this is a bad idea…

  • Prodigy815

    Still think cyborgs a hermaphrodite

  • MikeMc1983

    Not to often a champion talks about moving down to prove their worth. Seems a bit silly to me. Very few people move down for “more competition.”

  • The_Sheriff

    What woman competitor at 155 could you mention in the same sentence as Miesha Tate, Sarah Kaufman, Liz Carmouche, Marloes Coenen, or Ronda Rousey?

  • MikeMc1983

    That wasn’t really what I was trying to get at. The only example I could think of at the moment would be Anderson, and Gsp. As much as there are some picking Gsp, it wouldn’t really add much to Anderson’s legacy if he dropped weight, and took out Gsp, and a few other lightweights. If he moved up, and took out the 205 lbs class that would be pretty strong. Same goes for Gsp. It would be an incrediable feat to move up and take out anderson. Not so impressive if he ended up taking out Edgar.
    They’re not perfect examples but you get my point.

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    As unrealistic as it is, moving down is the only option she really has if she wants to face a known / ranked opponent. Either that or ask for a fight with Jose Aldo…

  • alhmiel

    put her in against Rousy