|Born||Cristiane Justino Venâncio|
July 9, 1985
|Listed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Listed weight||144.6 lb (65.6 kg; 10.33 st)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Division||Featherweight, Super Bantamweight (MMA) 140 pounds, Super Featherweight (MMA) 150 pounds|
|Style||Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling|
|Fought out of||San Diego, California, United States|
|Team|| Chute Boxe Academy|
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Cristiane Justino Venancio Santos (born July 9, 1985) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who is the current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion. She is a former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion and former Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. Santos won the Strikeforce title on August 15, 2009 by defeating Gina Carano via TKO. She lives in San Diego where she trains at The Arena, one of the premier MMA gyms in the United States.
Cristiane was a national-level handball player in Brazil before being discovered by Rudimar Fedrigo, a Chute Boxe Academy trainer.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Cristiane 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.
Santos fought Gina Carano on August 15, 2009 at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg for the Women's Featherweight Championship. Santos won via TKO at 4:59 of the 5:00 first round. The card was the first time that a major promotion had featured a main event between women. After the match, Santos hugged Carano, and stated in her interview that she had the utmost respect for Carano, and that it was an honor to fight her.
|Professional record breakdown|
|23||18 wins||1 loss|
|Win||18–1 (1)||Tonya Evinger||TKO (knees)||UFC 214||July 29, 2017||3||1:56||Anaheim, California, United States||Won the vacant UFC Women's Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||17–1 (1)||Lina Länsberg||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg||September 24, 2016||2||2:29||Brasília, Brazil||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||16–1 (1)||Leslie Smith||TKO (punches)||UFC 198||May 14, 2016||1||1:21||Curitiba, Brazil||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||15–1 (1)||Daria Ibragimova||KO (punches)||Invicta FC 15: Cyborg vs. Ibragimova||January 16, 2016||1||4:58||Costa Mesa, California, United States||Defended the Invicta FC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||14–1 (1)||Faith Van Duin||TKO (knee to the body and punches)||Invicta FC 13: Cyborg vs. Van Duin||July 9, 2015||1||0:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the Invicta FC Featherweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||13–1 (1)||Charmaine Tweet||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs. Tweet||February 27, 2015||1||0:46||Los Angeles, California, United States||Defended the Invicta FC Featherweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||12–1 (1)||Marloes Coenen||TKO (punches and elbows)||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||July 13, 2013||4||4:10||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Won the inaugural Invicta FC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||11–1 (1)||Fiona Muxlow||TKO (knees and punches)||Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson||April 5, 2013||1||3:46||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Invicta FC Featherweight Championship title eliminator.|
|NC||10–1 (1)||Hiroko Yamanaka||NC (overturned)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal||December 17, 2011||1||0:16||San Diego, California, United States||Originally a TKO (punches) win for Justino; overturned and stripped of the Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship after she tested positive for stanozolol.|
|Win||10-1||Jan Finney||TKO (knee to the body)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum||6/26/2010||2||2:56||San Jose, California, United States||Defended Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship|
|Win||9-1||Marloes Coenen||TKO (Punches)||Strikeforce: Miami||1/30/2010||3||3:40||Sunrise, Florida, USA||Defended Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship|
|Win||8-1||Gina Carano||TKO (Punches)||Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg||8/15/2009||1||4:59||San Jose, California, USA||Became the first Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion|
|Win||7-1||Hitomi Akano||TKO (Punches)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz||04/11/2009||3||0:35||San Jose, California, USA|| Santos did not make weight -|
5.5 lbs over
|Win||6-1||Yoko Takahashi||Decision (Unanimous)||EliteXC: Heat||10/04/2008||3||3:00||Sunrise, Florida, USA|
|Win||5-1||Shayna Baszler||TKO (Punches)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||07/26/2008||2||2:48||Stockton, California, USA|
|Win||4-1||Marise Vitoria||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||Storm Samurai 12||11/25/2006||1||N/A||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||3-1||Elaine Santiago||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||Storm Samurai 11||05/21/2006||1||N/A||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||2-1||Chris Schroeder||TKO||Storm Samurai 10||01/28/2006||1||N/A||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||1-1||Vanessa Porto||Decision (Unanimous)||Storm Samurai 9||11/20/2005||3||N/A||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Loss||0-1||Erica Paes||Submission (Kneebar)||Show Fight 2||5/17/2005||1||N/A||Curitiba, Brazil|
- Strikeforce Women's Middleweight Champion
- ↑ Cristiane Santos Becomes First Strikeforce Women's Champion. WorldExtremeFighter.com. Retrieved on 2009-08-17.
- ↑ Women's MMA Pound-For-Pound Rankings. MMARising.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
- ↑ Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. MMARising.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
- ↑ Unified Women's Rankings. FighterGirls.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
- ↑ Cyborg, Carano on collision course. Yahoo!Sports. Retrieved on 2009-04-09.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Ladies To Take CBS-EliteXC Stage. Sherdog.com, by Jordan Breen. Retrieved on 2008-07-09.
- ↑ 'Ruthless' Retains. SHERDOG.com (2008-07-27). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
- ↑ ‘Cyborg’ Stays on Track for Carano Showdown; Heun Stops Berto in EliteXC Prelims. SHERDOG.com (2008-10-05). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
- ↑ XMMA 7: Inferno. tkoxtreme.com. Retrieved on 2009-02-12.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 'Cyborg' Signs with Strikeforce; Carano in Talks. Sherdog.com, by Loretta Hunt. Retrieved on 2009-02-09.
- ↑ 'Cyborg' Still A Work In Progress. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on Sept 26, 2009.
- ↑ DETAILS OF THE CYBORG VS AKANO CONTROVERSY. MMAWEEKLY.com (2009-04-20). Retrieved on 2010-02-06.
- ↑ Diaz Dominates. SHERDOG.com (2009-04-12). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
- ↑ ‘Cyborg’ Finishes Carano in First Round. SHERDOG.com (2009-08-16). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
- ↑ Cyborg vs Coenen Likely To Headline In January. MMARising.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2009.
- ↑ 'Cyborg' Santos dominates Coenen to keep belt. YAHOO! Sports (2010-01-30). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
- ↑ After title defense, Strikeforce champ Cris "Cyborg" Santos likely to get Erin Toughill next. MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved on January 31, 2010.
- ↑ Update: Akano-Cyborg Back On. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-04-11.