Photo of Cris "Cyborg by Esther Lin for Strikeforce.
This could get interesting.
Former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion, formerly known as Cristiane Santos, may be making a drop down to the bantamweight division as soon as her suspension is up at the end of the year. "Cyborg" tested positive for steroids after defeating Hiroko Yamanaka in 16 seconds back on December 16, 2011 and was immediately stripped of her license to fight.
The suspension was a huge blow to 145 pound dynamo, and women's mixed martial arts (MMA) in general, as it scrapped a potential showdown with the promotions 135-pound champion, Ronda Rousey.
However, all hope is not lost.
Speaking at Wednesday's Strikeforce: "Rousey vs. Kaufman" conference call, Scott Coker, CEO of the San Jose based promotion was asked if a potential showdown with Santos was next for the winner of Kaufman vs. Rousey and revealed that officials have been in contact with "Cyborg" about making a potential move down to bantamweight once her suspension is over in December.
Check it out:
"Right now, Ronda and Sarah, they have a tough test next week in San Diego and Cyborg is out until the middle of December. We'll have to talk to her at that time and see what her interest is as far as going down in weight. I know [Strikeforce matchmaker Sean Shelby] has started talking to Cyborg of fighting at 135, so there's dialog, but nothing is confirmed. We'll have to wait until after she gets off suspension to have a serious conversation with her."
Undefeated Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title for the first time since snatching it away from Miesha Tate earlier this year as she is set to take on Sarah Kaufman on Aug., 18, 2012 in San Diego California.
"Rowdy," who is now known for being the face of women's MMA, has skyrocketed in fame and popularity since her win over Tate and has been a media sensation making appearances on Conan and gracing the cover of ESPN's Body Issue magazine.
Even Dana White, who hasn't always been the biggest fan of women's MMA, has taken quite a liking to the former Olympian.
Kaufman, on the other hand, looks to reclaim the title she lost to Marloes Coenen back in October of 2010. Riding a three fight win streak, with her only loss in 16 fights coming to Tate, Sarah looks to stake her claim atop the women's MMA totem pole by defeating the crafty submission specialist in San Diego.
Though nothing is confirmed, there aren't too many contenders at the moment knocking at the door to challenge either woman after the fight, and a bout with Cris makes all the sense in the world. Then again, It would be hard for Zuffa matchmakers to award her an instant title shot upon her return due to her recent transgressions.
What say you, does a bout with "Cyborg" and Rousey interest any of you? Or does a contest between the Brazilian bomber and Kaufman, a standup specialist herself, sound more appealing?