Former women's 145lb Strikeforce champ Cris "Cyborg" Santos has a new opponent for her Invicta FC 5 debut on April 5. Cyborg's scheduled opponent Ediane Gomes pulled out with a rib injury and has been replaced by Finoa Muxlow.
Cyborg has been doing a spate of media leading up to the bout and here are a couple of juicy nuggets from this round of press. Up first, Jeremy Botter documents Cyborg making some 'interesting' claims about Ronda Rousey and the UFC approach to booking fights for Rousey, now the first UFC woman's Bantamweight champ:
Following her win over Hiroko Yamanaka in Strikeforce almost exactly a month later, Cyborg reveals that she asked to face Rousey, but didn't get the answer she was expecting.
"I don't want to talk trash about somebody, I want to prove it inside the cage. When she was in my weight class she said 'I want to fight Cris Cyborg' and when I had my last fight against Hiroko (Yamanaka) I talked to Sean Shelby, the matchmaker at Strikeforce, and I said 'I want Ronda next.' He said 'no, she's not ready for you' and after that fight she's talking bad about me but you guys protected her," Santos revealed in an interview.
"Because after my fight I told them I want to fight her and they said no she's not ready for you."
Josh Gross of ESPN got Cyborg to talk about transgender WMMA fighter Fallon Fox:
The female featherweight star reaffirmed Wednesday, following a two-hour workout at the Punishment Training Center, that she'll fight anyone in a cage so long as they can get licensed by a commission. So Fallon Fox, the male-to-female transgender fighter making so much news lately, has at least one known woman willing to give her a shot.
"She wants to be a girl. I don't agree," said Santos, who for the first time in almost a year and half will return to fighting on April 5. "I think you're born a girl, you're a girl. You're born a guy, you're a guy. But I don't choose opponents. The commission needs to check and make sure she doesn't have testosterone.
"I'm not going to judge other people. If the commission says she can fight, why not?"
"People tell me on Twitter: 'I think you have a d---.' A lot of bad things, they say. I think people have a small mind," Santos said.
"They don't think a girl can punch hard like a man. I think people are ignorant. People are stupid. I don't want to be the same as people who do that."