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Strikeforce Champion Still A Free Agent

It was reported earlier this week that Strikeforce women’s middleweight titleholder Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos had re-signed with the promotion after being out of action for over a year.

However, a report on states that a source with knowledge of the situation informed them that there is no deal in place at this time. Apparently, the hold-up in the negotiations is due to the financial terms of the contract.

Santos’ deal mandated an exclusive twelve-month negotiation period in which Zuffa could attempt to re-sign her, but that period has now ended. The Zuffa-helmed Strikeforce promotion opted not to exercise “Cyborg’s” championship clause, which prevents a reigning champion from fighting for another promotion.

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.