Here’s one more headache for Strikeforce. Tatame is reporting that Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cris Cyborg is fed up with not getting fights and negotiating with the WWE to supplement her income.
Strikeforce champion and best pound for pound MMA fighter of the world, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is negotiating with world’s biggest pro-wrestling company, WWE, sources close to the fighter told TATAME minutes ago. Without fighting since June of 2010, Cyborg is getting tired of the lack of fights in the MMA organization, and this proposal would change her future in fighting – and get bigger paychecks. Two weeks ago, Cristiane and her husband, Strikeforce fighter Evangelista Santos, attended to a WWE event in California, and the managers of the event offered her a contract.
Strikeforce has only given Cyborg one fight in the past 12 months — she made $35,000 (not including sponsorship money and any undisclosed bonuses) — and her next fight doesn’t appear to be anywhere in sight. If Strikeforce can’t schedule her fights in a timely manner (which in all fairness is a difficult task), who can blame for going elsewhere to supplement her income?
It’s too early to tell how a possible stint in the WWE would affect her fight career, but it’s a story worth keeping on our eyes on.
Meanwhile, there’s still no word on Gina Carano’s opponent for her possible June return, but it looked like there was for a moment earlier today. Tatame first reported that Amanda Nunes, who knocked out Julia Budd in her Strikeforce debut, was negotiating to fight Carano this summer, but that report was quickly refuted by Nunes’ manager. Strikeforce’s Shannon Knapp says they have “someone else in mind,” but didn’t divulge who it is.
Update: The WWE denies that they are in talks with Cris Cyborg, according to Dave Meltzer. Even if they were negotiating, Meltzer adds that Cyborg would need Strikeforce’s permission to participate in the pro wrestling organization. Apparently Cyborg is in the middle of negotiations with Strikeforce for a new contract, so this could merely be a negotiation tactic on Cyborg’s part.