5 YRS AGO: Cris Cyborg re-signs with Strikeforce after long negotiations and layoff

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch editor-in-chief

Cris Cyborg

Five years ago this week, Cyborg resigned with Strikeforce. The details on that story are below, along with Jamie Penick’s analysis. This story was first published on MMATorch.com on Aug. 25, 2011…

Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is back under contract with the organization, and she says her next fight should be revealed shortly.

The 26-year-old revealed on Twitter that she had finally come to a new contract agreement with the organization, and her website says the deal is for one year.

One half of the first women’s fight to headline a major MMA event when she defeated Gina Carano in August of 2009, Cyborg had established herself as by far the most dominant force in all of women’s MMA before contract negotiations kept her out of the cage for the last 14 months.

Cyborg and Strikeforce were far apart on contract terms for some time, but now that they’ve apparently got things settled she can get back into the cage.

Penick’s Analysis: Because she’s been out for a long time, and there hasn’t been a big influx of fighters into Strikeforce’s women’s divisions, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see a rematch with Carano coming this December. It wouldn’t be any more competitive than it was the first time, especially with Carano having been out for over two years, but it would be a sellable rematch if they wanted to get them both in the cage together again. That said, it’s not the most likely booking for either of them, so we’ll just have to wait for more information on who might be on tap for them.

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