Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: Money Has Prevented Strikeforce Contract Extension

Written by Tom Ngo
June 16th, 2011

Strikeforce Womens Champion Cristiane Cyborg Santos

Biggie Smalls once poignantly stated, “Mo money, mo problems.” If that’s the case, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is aggressively seeking to add drama – as well as the extra zeros on her paycheck that would go along with it – to her life. 

Cyborg, considered by most as the baddest female walking the face of the earth, owns a dominant 10–1 record, but hasn’t been seen since jamming her knees into Jan Finney at “Fedor vs. Werdum” last June. Strikeforce’s reigning women’s middleweight queen has been negotiating for a new contract since collecting her second consecutive title defense.

“I’m pretty sad not to be fighting and I’m trying to renegotiate my contract for a year, but Strkeforce doesn’t want to [make] a deal,” Cyborg told Tatame. “They want to keep paying me what they paid before, but now I’m the event’s champion and I’ve never been defeated in Strikeforce. I just wanted to be recognized.”

And by ‘recognized’, she means paid.

The 25-year-old offers some valid points, but the only issue is that Strikeforce has changed drastically since her last outing. The San Jose, California based organization was purchased by Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC, this past March. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, UFC president Dana White has long expressed his disinterest in promoting female mixed martial arts.

During today’s UFC 134 press conference in Brazil, White said it wasn’t as though he didn’t like female fights, it’s that there aren’t enough great women fighters currently available.

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