There is no fight fans would rather see on the women’s side of MMA than a rumble between unbeaten Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and ferocious former featherweight title-holder Cristiane Santos. Fortunately, it appears Strikeforce management feels the same way as the sport’s supporters.
CEO Scott Coker recently confirmed the company is dead set on booking a bout between Santos and Rousey. However, with “Cyborg” suspended until mid-December it appears “Rowdy Ronda” will fight at least one more time before the two talented females lock horns in the ring.
“I’m sure Ronda would like to fight before (that),” explained Coker in an interview with MMAJunkie. “She barely broke a sweat in her last fight. It’s something where she’s been dominant and she’s going to want to fight, I think, before ‘Cyborg’ can actually get back in the cage off the suspension.”
While there remain some major humps to get over pertaining to Santos-Rousey, such as figuring out what weight the collision would be contested at, it looks like Coker has a complete grasp of how important putting it together is and will do what he can to facilitate things.
“That fight, believe me, is something I think should happen. I think it’s something that will happen. And when Cyborg gets off suspension, the conversation is going to get very, very real about putting that fight together because I think that’s the fight everyone wants to see,” he concluded on the matter.
No potential opponent was mentioned for Rousey though, interestingly enough, undefeated Olympian Sara McMann was recently inked to the company’s roster.
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