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.