||5 ft 8 in
|Date of Birth
|Place of Birth
||Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
Cris Cyborg is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and the former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion. Santos won the title on August 15, 2009 by defeating Gina Carano via first round TKO. She lives in San Diego where she trains and teaches at The Arena. She made her anticipated United States MMA debut on July 26, 2008 against Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. She won the fight by TKO in the second round.
She faced Yoko Takahashi on October 4, 2008 at EliteXC: Heat. She won the fight by unanimous decision. Santos was scheduled to face Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen at XMMA 7 on February 27, 2009, but backed out of the fight after signing a new contract with Strikeforce. Santos earned a BJJ Purple Belt under her jiu-jitsu instructor Cristiano Marcello in 2009. She later signed to fight for Strikeforce, which greatly increased the chance that a fight with Gina Carano would take place. In her Strikeforce debut, Santos faced Hitomi Akano on April 11, 2009 at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz. Santos came in six pounds overweight for the fight. Akano originally rejected the fight due to Santos failing to make weight but later accepted the fight. Santos defeated Akano by TKO in the third round.
Before the fight with Carano, Santos was interviewed by mmaworldwide.com's reporter Aaron Tru. When asked how long it would take to submit Carano with a choke hold, Santos choked the unsuspecting interviewer out cold, in a matter of seconds.