Cris Cyborg: Ronda Rousey used me as a stepping stone to fame
“Ronda gained fame using me as a stepping stone and turned the good girl of the story. I could not accept this, I was wrong, and I paid a high price, but I have learned so much. I have God in my heart and 200 million supporters (Brazil population), that will help me to give a happy ending to this story.”
Cristiane Santos via Instagram
Former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cristiane Santos is not too happy with the recent fame and mainstream acceptability achieved by current Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey — who UFC president Dana White said would be the first female fighter he would bring into the UFC.
Santos believes that she has been used as a stepping stone, and made into a bad character to propel Rousey as the new face of women’s mixed martial arts.
A much anticipated battle between Rousey and Santos has been rumored after Santos suspension for PEDs ends, but the two cannot seem to agree at which weight class they will fight.