Strikeforce is making some more headway in showcasing women’s MMA by scheduling Cris “Cyborg” Santos’s next fight for December 19th. The date is not yet confirmed, but Five Ounces of Pain reports that Cyborg’s husband Evangelista will also be making his 17o lb debut on the same card.
Cris’s opponent won’t be Erin Toughill (who defeated Santos by TKO the last time they fought), since she’s out due to an undisclosed medical situation, so presumably Santos will face the winner of the November 7th Marloes Coenen v. Roxanne Modafferi match in Chicago. Coenen, who is 28, has 16 career wins and Modafferi, age 27, has a six fight winning streak going in a career that boasts 13 wins so far.
I couldn’t find a way to catch the Coenen/Modafferi fight anywhere, guess we’ll have to wait for the news reports.
Strikeforce has been smart so far in recognizing that giving Santos airtime is a moneymaker; the Gina Carano – Cris Santos fight proved that without a doubt. I hope they will broadcast the December 19th fight and give us the chance to show our support again.