After an extended 14-month hiatus, Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has finally re-signed with the UFC’s little brother. The baddest female walking the face of the earth has inked a one-year contract extension, but the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Contract with @StrikeForce SIGNED! Stay tuned for next fight info!” Cyborg tweeted.
Cyborg 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 145-pound queen has been negotiating for a new contract since collecting her second consecutive title defense.
“Cris is ecstatic to be staying under the Zuffa umbrella for another year,” her management expressed on her official website. “She would like to thank Strikeforce and Zuffa for the opportunity to prove she is the best 145lb Woman in the world. Cris has been training and is ready to step back into the cage to defend her Strikeforce belt.”
This past June, the 25-year-old suggested negotiations lagged because Strikeforce was looking to pay her the same amount of money they did as when she first set foot inside the hexagon. However, she’s gone undefeated under Strikeforce’s watch en route to becoming the company’s champ, so Cyborg “wanted to be recognized.”
And by recognized, she meant PAID.
Santos pocketed $35,000 for her last performance, which included a $15,000 win bonus and $5,000 champion bonus.
The news isn’t all good for Cyborg, as 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 blazing Brazilian, UFC president Dana White has long expressed his disinterest in promoting female mixed martial arts.
No word on who her next potential victim might be.