My interview with Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos on WWE, Strikeforce, more

Aug 8, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck

photo credit: Svetlana Day

I had the opportunity to interview Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos via e-mail. Cyborg’s official web site is and you can follower on Twitter @

Q. What was your reaction to the release of Marloes Coenen?

Cyborg: I was upset at first….it’s very important that women really get a chance in this sport! But, at the end of the day it will allow some organization to pick up a brilliant fighter! Marloes is a great fighter and I only wish her luck!

Q. Have you had any formal discussions with WWE? If so, what type of role have they discussed with you?

Cyborg: Not as of yet, I have only attended some events.

Q. Do you watch WWE programming? Is there a dream match for you in WWE?

Cyborg: To be honest, I do not watch too much WWE on TV. I’ve been too busy lately with training. If it comes down to watching TV at the end of the day or getting an extra hour of sleep, I tend to sleep! 🙂

Q. Have you ever talked to Dan Severn or Ken Shamrock about working for WWE?

Cyborg: No, I haven’t had a chance to connect with Ken, but it is something to think about.

Q. What is your contractual status in MMA? When might you fight next?

Cyborg: I am currently in discussions with StrikeForce. I really can’t discuss the particulars at this time, as nothing has been penned.

Q. What was your reaction to Zuffa purchasing Strikeforce?

Cyborg: I was surprised! It was a great thing to happen for the sport, as UFC has the most experience and contacts to make the sport huge.

Q. You have dominated women’s MMA, but is there any opponents you wish to face?

Cybrog: I will face ANYONE. As long as they bring it to the ring, I am willing to put on a great show for whoever is willing to challenge me! Their are so many GREAT women fighters out there, picking just ONE is very difficult!

Q. What is a typical day like for you?

Cyborg: I wake up, I eat, I train…I eat, I train, I eat, I train some more, then..I sleep Is very boring but, to fight at this level that is the life! Training REALLY is the hard part, the fight is EASY!

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