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Strikeforce Champion No Longer A Free Agent

We reported last week that one of the Strikeforce promotion’s most dominant champions, women’s middleweight titleholder Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, had become a free agent.

Santos’ manager, Master Rudimar Fedrigo, told Full Contact Fighter today that Santos has renewed her contract with the promotion. Fedrigo noted that he was very happy about the renewal, although he did not provide any further details about the contract.

According to a report on last week, Santos had been courting offers from other promotions and was reportedly very close to signing with a Zuffa competitor.

Santos, widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound women’s MMA fighter on the planet, initially won the Strikeforce title by beating women’s MMA poster girl Gina Carano via first round TKO back in 2009. Since then, she has defended her belt twice, taking out the likes of Marloes Coenen (via third round TKO) and Jan Finney (via second round KO).

Since losing her first professional bout via submission, Santos has gone undefeated in ten straight fights.

Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.