Rafael Cordeiro, one of the top dogs at Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba and trainer of EliteXC competitor Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, recently spoke with Tatame and let slip what's next for everyone's new favorite female fighter.
She'll be at EliteXC’s October 4th show, again live by CBS, at
, against a Japanese fighter, Yoki Takarashi [sic]. She’s a very tough fighter and it’ll be a great fight. We signed the contract yesterday and Cris will fight her. Florida
Gary Shaw, EliteXC’s VP, said that [Cyborg's] the most brutal athlete he had ever seen and that Gina is a star of the event, but now Cris is a star too. We’re very happy, we saw that he was praising both of them, and said that they can face each other.
The name Cordeiro meant to say was Yoko Takahashi, a 12-year veteran of Japanese promotions such as G-Shooto and the recently defunct Smackgirl who just last week fought to a draw against Mika Hayashi on the undercard of DEEP's Megaton GP Finals. Takahashi was to have made her promotional debut for EliteXC at their April 5th ShoXC event, but no opponent was ever named and the bout fell by the wayside.
Speaking of Brazilians taking on Japanese fighters, Tatame also reports that BJJ phenom Michel Langhi is close to finalizing a deal with DEEP and could make his MMA debut in December.