After revealing that Strikeforce women’s featherweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos would be stripped of her title after testing positive for anabolic steroids, UFC president Dana White wondered aloud whether or not her absence from the division would collapse it altogether, since she was the main attraction at that weight.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker isn’t so ready to scrap women’s featherweight just yet though, explaining last night (props to MMAJunkie) that he still finds it to be a viable and talent-rich division.
“The 145-pound weight class, I don’t think it’s time to throw that out to the garbage,” Coker said. “I feel we still have some great fighters at 145, and a lot of girls who maybe haven’t been around for a while are going to be motivated to come back because ‘Cyborg’ isn’t going to be there.
“I heard that [White] had said something to the fact of, ‘Well, with her out, what’s the division?’ But there are girls out there … we can bring in to fight at 145. If that’s not the case, I’m sure we’ll evaluate it and make a business decision. But I don’t think that determination has been made.”
Coker did open up more about Cyborg’s positive test, stating that perhaps the biggest shame is that the rest of Cyborg’s record will be forever questioned as a result of getting caught cheating.
“The thing that’s really sad about the ‘Cyborg’ thing is that it makes you really wonder about the validation of all those other fights,” he said. “I would hate for people to just kind of say she was cheating the whole time, but when that happens to any fighter or any athlete … it makes you wonder. Bottom line, if you’re going to cheat, you shouldn’t be fighting against opponents who aren’t.”