Days after asking for her release from her UFC contract, former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has found a new home at Invicta Fighting Championships.
Tito Ortiz, Cyborg’s manager and UFC Hall of Famer, announced at a press conference that Santos has signed a multi-fight deal with the all-women promotion. The former Strikeforce champion will make her debut at Invicta FC 5 against Ediene Gomes, who was originally supposed to face Julia Budd.
For Santos, who was unwilling to drop down to 135 pounds to face UFC champion Ronda Rousey, moving to Invicta is the best decision she made for her career. In addition to finding a new home, Santos also has a chance to claim Invicta gold. If Santos defeats Gomes, she will face Marloes Coenen in a rematch to crown the first Invicta FC Featheweight champion.
Indeed, Santos has established herself as one of more dominant fighters in the women’s 145-pound division, but that does not mean the rest of the Invicta FC division will just lie down and let Santos mow over them.
Fighters like Gomes and Budd could step into the cage and hold their own against the Strikeforce champion. Personally, I would love to see Santos’ power and speed match up against a knockout artist like Veronica Rothenhausler. Coenen, who Santos defeated back in 2010, has also improved her submission game.
As the old saying goes, anything can happen in MMA and one of these Invicta fighters could make history and knockout the Cyborg.
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