Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 2/9/13
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Well, it appears fans are one step closer to never witnessing the most anticipated female fight in mixed martial arts history. On this week’s edition of AXSTV’s Inside MMA, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos’ (Pictured) manager, better known as Tito Ortiz, revealed they have requested their release from the UFC. According to Ortiz, the UFC is offering his client a lucrative deal, but they want to “stick her over at Invicta.” The Brazilian is looking for a three-fight agreement, with a fourth scrap coming against current UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. However, Cyborg wants all of her bouts, including the blockbuster against Rousey, to take place at a weight no less than 140 pounds. Unfortunately for Ortiz and Co., it’s bantamweight or bust for women in the UFC. “Right now, we’re actually waiting for UFC to release her,” Ortiz stated. “We asked for them to release her. So, [UFC president Dana White] actually talked to me [Thursday]. They gave an offer, I went to Cyborg and she said she didn’t want to do it. And we just asked for a release. “Since they’re not having a 145-pound weight class, what else [can] they do? As of now, she’s gotta be released and maybe we’ll go look at somewhere else and you’ll be seeing Cyborg crush some other woman’s faces.” Ortiz reiterated that it is physically impossible for Cyborg to shed the 10 additional pounds required to drop to Rousey’s 135-pound division. Ortiz’s interview comes just 10 days after Cyborg put Rousey on blast, claiming she could beat the UFC’s new princess with one hand tied behind her back – IF they fought at 140 pounds. Rousey makes her big league debut at UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche. Cyborg’s year-long steroid suspension expired on December 17th. No word if the 27-year-old has tried to reapply for licensing. Please click the media player below to watch Ortiz’s interview:
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1 Comment:
  • If the UFC is not going to use Chris and give her the fights she deserves, than maybe they should release her so she can continue her career and make a living. Chris is a fighter and always has been, she got caught with a banned substance in her system but that does not define her fighting capabilities, Chris was the last true women's Champion and if Rhonda was to fight her at a catch weight of 140 pounds I truly believe that Chris would tear her up and finish her just like she did to all the other women she fought. Rhonda has a lot of talent but, I don't see her getting Chris Cyborg in that arm bar. She had Liz Carmouche on her back and was in deep trouble early in the fight against Liz. If she was in trouble against Liz, Chris would put the hurt on her and I think that is or will be the fight people want to see in women's MMA, Sarah McMahon would be a great fight to but there I are not many quality women fighting at that weight class, there are good women out there but they start at 105 pounds and go up to 145 pounds. I don't see the UFC opening up that many women's weight groups. Until Ronda Rousey gets in with somebody that she can't take down and has to fight standing up, Ronda is the top of the mountain and the Ladies UFC Champion to beat. 7 fights 7 wins 7 arm-bars all in the first round. Maybe have a women's tournament to get the best fighter for Ronda.
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