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Byeborg: Cristiane Santos walks after Strikeforce negotiations falter

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Gina Carano can rest easy .... for now.

Strikeforce Women's 145-pound Champion Cristiane Santos is leaving her belt in San Jose after failing to reach an agreement with Strikeforce on a contract extension.

Cage Potato has the details:

A source we spoke to today received confirmation from Cyborg’s management that Zuffa’s exclusive negotiation period with the 10-1 Curitiba, Brazil fighter ended yesterday and that the parent company of Strikeforce and the UFC failed to come to terms with the Strikeforce women’s middleweight champ before she became a free agent at the stroke of midnight.

The report also states that Santos is in "serious discussions" with a competing promotion and could have a deal finalized as early as this weekend -- assuming they found a soul brave enough to fight her. has more:

Her manager Rudimar Fedrigo clarified Cyborg's situation. "We're still negotiating, the financial part is the point, but, meanwhile, she's set to fight in Brazil and is negotiating two more fights in Singapore."

Money talks, "Cyborg" walks.

Santos has kept herself busy by suplexing her way to a grappling gold medal and power-bombing Tito Ortiz. She's also been rumored to be appearing in a future event for World Wrestling Entertainment.

The Brazilian wrecking ball last competed in a two-round massacre of Jan Finney at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Werdum" way back in June 2010.

While she was only 57% accurate against "Cuddles," Santos threw a frightening 158 total bombs in the opening frame alone and finished with a total of 141 out of 236 total strikes (60%) including 63 "power strikes" and six knockdowns.

That's one strike every 3.3 seconds.

We don't yet know where "Cyborg" will end up, but be afraid. Be very afraid.