Report: Women's champ 'Cyborg' re-ups with Strikeforce

Report: Women’s champ ‘Cyborg’ re-ups with Strikeforce – MMA Fighting Stances: Mixed martial arts intelligence from the cage and ring

Strikeforce will be keeping its women’s 145-pound champion, after all.

Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos has signed a new deal with the promotion whose title belt she holds, manager Rudimar Fedrigo told Full Contact Fighter on Thursday. Santos officially became a free agent last month when Strikeforce’s exclusive negotiation period expired, according to reports, but she remains the titleholder for Strikeforce’s 145-pound women’s division.

She hasn’t fought since crushing Jan Finney in June of last year. That fight fulfilled the number of bouts on her Strikeforce contract, but a champion’s clause prevented her from negotiating with anyone else for a year.

Fedrigo did not disclose details of the new deal. For the Finney bout, Santos received a base purse of $15,000, plus a $15,000 win bonus and $5,000 champion’s bonus.

Santos has been in the main event or co-main event for two of Strikeforce’s six most-watched events on Showtime. But finding opponents for her has been difficult because of a shallow pool of talent at 145 pounds.

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