Who Is Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos and Why Is He Fighting for a Strikeforce Title?

By Kid Nate

When Strikeforce announced that welterweight champ Nick Diaz‘ next fight would not be against Jason Miller, aka Mayhem, there was a collective groan from MMA fandom. When they announced that Diaz would be defending his welterweight title against Evangelista Santos, aka Cyborg, aka Mr Cyborg, aka Cyborg’s husband, there was an even bigger collective groan.

Fans wanted to see Diaz defend his belt against Strikeforce’s best welterweight. And there’s no dispute that that man is UFC exile Paul Daley, aka “Semtex“. But Daley wanted more time after his December bout with Scott Smith, so Cyborg it is.

My colleague Jonathan Snowden was pretty much the sole exception, writing that Diaz vs Cyborg “will deliver”. The reason Snowden is so confident that this will be an action packed fight is simple. Nick Diaz plus a game and dangerous fighter = fun for fans.

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