It appears we’re one step closer to finally seeing the women’s fight the MMA community has been clamoring for since last year.
According to Sherdog, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos has signed an exclusive four fight deal with the newly beefed up Strikeforce organization.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos agreed to a world-exclusive, four-fight deal over the weekend with the promotion, which landed a multi-year agreement last week to broadcast up to 16 events a year on Showtime, along with an additional four shows on CBS.
Santos’ contract was one of 42 fighter agreements the San Jose-based promotion picked up in a limited assets deal with Pro Elite last week, although the contract was altered “to some extent,” to ensure the Chute Boxe fighter became an exclusive commodity for Strikeforce.
As may remember, Cyborg was scheduled to face Marloes Coenen on Feb. 27 at XMMA 7, however because of her new deal with Strikeforce she has withdrawn from that bout. According to Strikeforce’s Director of Communications, Cyborg is expected to compete on one of Strikeforce’s next two cards.
Of course, the other half of the equation is Gina Carano. Carano was easily the most underpaid athlete on ProElite’s roster only making $25,000 per fight, so understandably, her attorneys are currently negotiating a new deal with Strikeforce.
“We’ve invited Gina to fight on the first card, but I can’t confirm yet if she’ll be fighting,” said Afromowitz.
Negotiations between Carano’s management and Strikeforce continue this week, presumably to bolster the fighter’s pay purse for future bouts. Carano earned only $25,000 for her victory over Kelly Kobold last October, but has garnered attention the world over as “the face of women’s MMA.”
So, for now, it looks like we’re only halfway there, but if I was putting money on it, I’d put it on Gina signing with Strikeforce. If you recall, early last November, shortly following ProElite’s demise, Carano and Cyborg made a pact to sign with the same promotion so they could make the fight happen. Of course, money and terms can always derail even the best of intentions, but Coker and Strikeforce know what they have with Gina, and I’m sure they’ll offer her a fair deal.
By the way, in the event that Gina does sign with Strikeforce soon, and gets booked for the April 11 Showtime event along with Cyborg, they will not be fighting each other. If and when this fight does happen, I’m sure they want to save it for CBS, which they rightfully should. Just as long as we don’t have to wait a year to see it on pay-per-view.