In women’s basketball, perhaps the best compliment a baller can receive is, ‘She plays like a man.’ On Saturday night after Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Pictured) posted her 11th consecutive victory, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker proceeded to pay the blazing Brazilian similar props.
“[Strikeforce matchmaker Sean Shelby] is out there scouring the earth and we’re going to find some opponents for Cyborg,” Coker stated at the post-fight press conference. “Truly, she’s the Mike Tyson of female MMA.”
The comparisons to Tyson are valid. During his heyday, “Iron Mike” was the most feared boxer on the planet.
However, Tyson had the luxury of fighting at heavyweight throughout his career. Due to the lack of depth in women’s mixed martial arts, let alone in Cyborg’s featherweight division, she will likely have to take the Manny Pacquiao approach and compete in multiple weight classes in order to face “elite” opposition.
At 26 years of age, Cyborg hasn’t come close to sniffing the prime of her career. On the flipside, she also hasn’t completely filled out her chiseled frame.
While division hopping for her male counterparts is more commonplace, dropping 10 pounds from her ripped physique is much easier said than done. Although, she is willing to gradually give it a go if that’s where the blockbuster bouts are going to be.
“I’m going to put in a valiant effort to try and make 135 [pounds],” Santos expressed through an interpreter. “Maybe if I can make a catchweight fight at 140 first and slowly make my way down to 135, but I’m going to put in a good effort to get down to 135.”
Cyborg bumped her resume to 11-1 after quickly disposing of Hiroko Yamanaka. She hasn’t lost a scrap since her professional debut in May of 2005.