In recent weeks, and particularly since her trashing of Sara McMann at UFC 170 in February, there’s been a great deal of talk as to who Ronda Rousey’s next opponent should be.
Indeed, the debate has become so wide ranging as to include a number of fighters that are not currently fighting in the senior circuit. To the point, UFC President Dana White has added great fuel to the fire by openly discussing fighters like Holly Holm and Gina Carano.
Indeed, in the last few weeks White has engaged in negotiations with Holm’s management – apparently not to any great success – and thrown open the door to Gina Carano, should the fighter wish to return.
However, there is one fighter that White hasn’t pursued and that’s Cristiane Justino Santos.
For whatever reason, be it her former manager Tito Ortiz, Santos’s previous 2011 suspension for using stanozolol, or just her overall appearance, White appears to have no interest in signing “Cyborg.”
Of course, cynics believe that the reason White doesn’t want to sign Santos is because he’s trying to protect one of his biggest stars from facing a possible defeat.
Regardless of reason, the fact of the matter is that “Cyborg” is in no danger of being in the UFC anytime soon.
Sadly, White’s stance on the matter flies in the face of one of his favorite axioms, which is that he shoots to give fans the fights they want to see. On this particular point, it would be a safe bet that most fans would like to see Santos signed to the brand and put in the Octagon with the bantamweight champ.
As it turns out, fans have a champion in this cause and it comes in the person of former middleweight champion and legend, Anderson Silva.
Regarding Santos and a match with Ronda Rousey, “The Spider” is all for it. And by his account Dana White “owes it” to the fans.
In an interview with Combate Silva put it as such:
“I believe this fight needs to happen. The Ronda is a great fighter. But Cris has 90 % chance of winning the round. She trains hard and has all the features and appropriate techniques to win the round. This fight needs to happen, because Dana White owes it to the audience; the UFC.”
On the point, fans are likely to agree with Silva and if for no other reason than if not “Cyborg” then who?
Rousey’s sixty-six second, round one trashing of Olympic wrestler and silver medalist Sarah McMann, left fans with a basic question and that’s this, of all the fighters out there, which one of them might be able to give Rousey a legitimate challenge? The general consensus of appears to Cristiane Santos. As such, “The Spider” not only hits the nail on the head regarding a Rousey vs. Santos match, but also speaks for the throng of fans that would like to see it.
As “The Spider” is a significant player in the franchise, perhaps his words will carry some weight with White and as such, maybe the promotion’s president will do the right thing and put his personal biases aside, sign Santos, and give fans a fight they really want to see.