Cyborg Santos Says Rumors of Fight vs. Ronda Rousey Are False

Joe ChaconContributor IIIDecember 5, 2012

March 3, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; New champion Ronda Rousey  is escorted out of the arena by trainer Edmond Tarverdyan after defeating Miesha Tate during the Strikeforce Grand Prix final at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
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The two major themes in the UFC on Wednesday was the deflating news of Forrest Griffin pulling out of UFC 155 due to a knee injury and the swirling rumors that Cyborg Santos and Ronda Rousey were going to be fighting at UFC 157.

According to MMAJunkie, the rumors of the fight between Rousey and Santos are false.

Santos on Wednesday told that a notice on the UFC's Portguese-language website announcing a fight between the women at UFC 157 is the "wrong information."

She did, however, say that negotiations for the fight are underway, and said that she could fight at 135 pounds.

"In one month, I can't do it, but if I have time, I could do it," said Santos, who added that her management is currently negotiating with the UFC.

Many believe a fight between Rousey and Santos could be at least a co-main event on a pay-per-view card. Rousey is considered to be the best female fighter in the world, and many fans are anxious to see if Santos can overpower Rousey and avoid the armbar.

There was a good read earlier in the week from our very own James MacDonald regarding the potential sustainability of a women's division in the UFC. The organization may be throwing all their eggs in one basket if they start things off by matching up Rousey and Santos instead of letting them both have one fight leading up to them crossing paths.

Of course, there is always the risk of them both losing before facing each other and stopping the Women's MMA momentum completely.


Joe Chacon is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and a staff writer for Operation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.