Cristiane Cyborg negotiating with the WWE?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Strikeforce champion and best pound for pound female MMA fighter of the world, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is negotiating with world’s biggest pro-wrestling company, WWE, sources close to the fighter told TATAME minutes ago.

Without fighting since June of 2010, Cyborg is getting tired of the lack of fights in the MMA organization, and this proposal would change her future in fighting – and get bigger paychecks.

Two weeks ago, Cristiane and her husband, Strikeforce fighter Evangelista Santos, attended to a WWE event in California, and the managers of the event offered her a contract.

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However, MMA and Pro Wrestling inside Dave Meltzer says that Cris Cybord is not going to go to the UFC:

Officials with WWEt have denied a Brazilian report that Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos was negotiating to join the never-ending list of MMA names to have participated in pro wrestling.

Santos has a “champion’s clause” in her contract, as do all Strikeforce champs ever since former middleweight title holder Jake Shields left the promotion to go to rival Ultimate Fighting Championships. The clause binds a champion to the promotion until they lose. Because of the clause, Santos would need the permission of Strikeforce to appear in a WWE ring.

A similar situation occurred last year when Vince McMahon, the larger-than-life president of WWE, attempted to put together a Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker match for his biggest event of this year – WrestleMania on April 3 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Negotiations fell apart when UFC president Dana White would not allow Lesnar to appear on a WWE broadcast.

The story may be contract posturing, since Santos has not fought since a June 29 win over Jan Finney due to negotiations for a new deal.

“We’re negotiating Cristiane’s contract,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “We hope to finalize something soon.”

Coker, in Columbus, Ohio, for a Saturday-night Showtime event, indicated he first heard about it Thursday night and didn’t know if the Santos story was serious or just an attempt to leverage the current talks.

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