Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker, announcing his intention to schedule current champion, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey vs. Cris “Cyborg” Santos at 135 generated a lot of interest and excitement with fans. In an interview following her second gold medal performance at the IBJJF Worlds event, Cyborg spoke to Marcus Kowal, from StudioMMA. Cyborg discussed her success at the competition, her suspension for using banned substances and her next opponent, Ronda Rousey.
Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos: “Ronda Wants my Arm. I Want Her Head” video
Cyborg: “I think my next fight may be January. I talked to Strikeforce and they think January. I hope I fight Honda and I’m very excited for this fight. She wants my arm. I want her head.”
Marcus: “What’s the difference between stepping in with Miesha Tate vs. Cris Cyborg?”
Cyborg: “I think R(H)onda talks too much…She don’t like punch in face…She’s happy with judo and arm bar. I think I have more things for show MMA. I have more ‘martial’ arts and I like punching face.”
Marcus: “Do guys get intimidated by you? How do guys…date Cris Cyborg?”
Cyborg: “It’s too soon.” (referencing her divorce from husband, Evangelista Santos).
Marcus: “Do girls get more nervous when they have to face you to fight jiu jitsu?”
Cyborg: “I think so, yes. But no possible punch, yeah? I like more punches, but jiu jitsu–for me now–I like more too.”
Cris, age 26, says that after fighting she wants to train students, but she intends to keep competing until age 45, like Randy Couture.