With the success of Ronda Rousey and the UFC diving into the ranks of women’s MMA, Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos seems to be a forgotten woman in the sport. The former #1 women’s fighter in the world (pre Rousey) is scheduled to return to action after a suspension, on April 5th in Kansas City on the INVICTA 5 all women’s MMA card. ”Cyborg’ had been scheduled to face off against Ediane Gomez, however Gomez is out of the fight due to injury. Australian Fiona Muxlow moves into the fight with ‘Cyborg’ on two weeks notice.
Muxlow was originally scheduled to fight Julia Budd on the card, but she steps into the main event and Budd will get a new opponent. Budd deserves credit for taking the opportunity, but she is not on the level of ‘Cyborg’, and unless Santos has had the wheels come off this past year on suspension, Santos will be a prohibitive favorite in the fight.
Remember Santos announced through her manager Tito Ortiz (yes that Tito Ortiz) when she asked to be released by UFC that her plan was to fight several times outside of the big show and force the match everyone wants to see – ‘Cyborg’ vs Rousey.
Rousey on the other hand, is enjoying her rise to superstardom. The UFC has announced that she will be a coach on season 18 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality show. the UFC further announced that the winner of the ‘Cat’ Zingano versus Meisha Tate match scheduled for April 17th’s ‘TUF 17′ Finale event will coach opposite Rousey on the reality show. Which means that Rousey will face that winner after the series at the TUF 18 Finals.
All this suits ‘Cyborg’ just right. The fight with Muxlow is the first of three fights that Santos wants to have this year. Her and Rousey will likely be like two trains on seperate, parallel tracks – will they ever meet?