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Ronda Rousey: Will Rousey Fight Cyborg Santos After Suspension?

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G DAnalyst IIIMarch 4, 2012

A few months ago, it was hard to envision a more dominant fighter in women's mixed martial arts than Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (10-1-1). Santos was hands down the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and held complete control the Strikeforce's featherweight division. In fact, after falling in the first fight of her MMA career, Santos went on to win 10 consecutive bouts with just two fights in the hands of the judges' scorecards.

But Santos' fame and fortune came tumbling down after she was officially suspended by Strikeforce after testing positive for steroids.

Still, Strikeforce didn't miss a beat, as former featherweight Ronday Rousey (5-0) made the transition to fight for the bantamweight championship in what would result in one of the most heated women's bouts of all time.

Rousey would go on to defeat Miesha Tate and become Strikeforce's newest 135-pound champion.

Not only has Rousey yet to fall to the hands of defeat, but she's also been nearly untouchable, as her hand has been raised in the opening frame of every fight she's participated in.

Rousey now has five wins, with all five victories a direct result of her vicious armbar.

While Santos still has some time to serve until her suspension is lifted, it's likely we could see these two battling it out once she returns.

With women's MMA receiving more buzz than ever, it's very possible Rousey vs. Santos could turn into one of the greatest showdowns in Strikeforce history.

This wishful thinking leads to one final question: Will we see Rousey and Santos squaring off in the future?


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