Strikeforce champ Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos now unlikely for Nov. 7 CBS card

Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos wants to defend her Strikeforce title. Likewise, Strikeforce officials want the newly crowned title-holder on their Nov. 7 CBS-televised event.
But right now, Santos (8-1) isn’t a lock for the show and instead is awaiting a meeting with her doctor to determine her eligibility for the show.
"It’s unlikely that Cris will be fighting on [Nov. 7] but still possible," her manager, Richard Wilner, told (
The Nov. 7 Strikeforce event takes place at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (near Chicago) and kicks off a multi-fight deal between Strikeforce and CBS. Strikeforce officials hoped to build off the momentum Santos built with her first-round TKO of Gina Carano in August. But the Brazilian fighter has been slowed by injury and probably won’t be cleared for the nationally televised event.
"I’m awaiting her return from Spain to get her assessed by a doctor here," Wilner said. "Out of respect to Strikeforce, CBS and Cris’ potential opponent, we alerted them to this issue early so as not to interfere with pre-production, preparation, etc."
As reported soon after Santos’ recent win, Strikeforce announced the signing of notable Dutch fighter Marloes Coenen (16-3) in the event’s post-fight press conference. Coenen was the leading candidate to fight Santos at the Nov. 7 event, which is headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers.
Santos should know the doctor’s decision later in the next few days.
For the latest on "Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers," stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of

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