Strikeforce’s Santos isn’t jumping to WWE

By Dave Meltzer

Officials with World Wrestling Entertainment have denied a Brazilian report that Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos was negotiating to join the never-ending list of MMA names to have participated in pro wrestling.

An article on the Brazilian MMA-based said Santos and her fighter-husband, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, were at a World Wrestling Entertainment event in California two weeks ago and that she was offered a contract.

Santos has a “champion’s clause” in her contract, as do all Strikeforce champs ever since former middleweight title holder Jake Shields left the promotion to go to rival Ultimate Fighting Championships. The clause, similar to those in UFC contracts, binds a champion to the promotion until they lose. Because of the clause, Santos would need the permission of Strikeforce to appear in a WWE ring.

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UPDATE: WWE’s Jim Ross had this to say via twitter just now.

JRsBBQ Jim Ross
We need 65 new followers to hit 100,000. Cris Cyborg deal looks like her camp wants more $$ from Strikeforce. IMO Cyborg not coming to WWE.

So I asked if she had been talking to the WWE, and JR replied with this…

JRsBBQ Jim Ross
Don’t think WWE has ever talked 2 Cris Cyborg.


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