The most anticipated matchup in women’s MMA to date has finally been signed. Strikeforce officially announced Gina “Conviction” Carano, unquestionably the most popular female mixed martial artist and “the face of women’s MMA”, will square off against Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos at an upcoming Strikeforce event slated for August 15th.
The Santos/Carano matchup will take women’s MMA one giant step closer to mainstream acceptance, marking the first time a women’s MMA fight will be featured as a main event for a top-tier and highly televised promotion such as Strikeforce.
Considered by many to be the number 2 female fighter behind Carano, Cristiane Santos (7-1) is the wife of fellow Chute Box Academy and Strikeforce fighter Evangelista Santos, and both share the “Cyborg” nick-name. Cristiane is currently riding a 7 fight win streak with 5 of those wins coming by (T)KO.