Invicta Fighting Championships officials announced Friday that Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has signed a multi-fight deal and will debut for the all-female promotion on April 5.

Santos meets Ediane Gomes at Invicta FC 5, which takes place at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. The winner of the bout will square off with former Strikeforce bantamweight queen Marloes Coenen later this year at Invicta FC 6, according to the official release.

“I am excited to finally get back in the cage and to have the opportunity to fight for Invicta Fighting Championships, which has shown a tremendous amount of commitment to furthering the growth of women’s MMA,” said Cyborg. “I will be ready on April 5 for Ediane, and I plan to dominate my competition as I’ve done in the past.”

Santos, 27, has not competed since knocking out Hiroko Yamanaka in December 2011 -- a result that was later changed to a no-contest after “Cyborg” tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. The Brazilian was subsequently stripped of her Strikeforce featherweight title and handed a one-year suspension by the California State Athletic Commission.

Though a bout with current UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was highly anticipated, Santos asserted that it would not be medically safe for her to cut down to 135 pounds to fight for that title. Last week, Santos’ manager, Tito Ortiz, stated that he had asked for Santos’ Zuffa release.

Gomes, meanwhile, was originally expected to face Julia Budd at Invicta FC 5, but Budd will now instead face Australian talent Fiona Muxlow. A 12-fight pro, Gomes rides a four-fight winning streak heading into her clash with “Cyborg.” Like Santos, the 32-year-old was last seen competing against Yamanaka, as Gomes earned a unanimous decision over “Cat’s Eye” on Jan. 5 at Invicta FC 4.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Invicta FC 19 Headlined by Two Title Fights, Including Maia vs. Modafferi

  • 10 days ago
  • 6 views

Invicta Fighting Championships announced on Wednesday its return to Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. on Friday, Sept. 23. read news >>

Tiffany Van Soest, Several Others, Added to Invicta FC 19 Fight Card

  • 6 hours ago
  • 3 views

Invicta Fighting Championships recently announced the eight-fight card for Invicta FC 19, which includes the debut of Muay Thai champ Tiffany Van Soest. read news >>

World Series of Fighting Signs Heavyweights Jared Rosholt and Ashley Gooch

  • 4 days ago
  • 5 views

World Series of Fighting announced on Wednesday that it has signed heavyweights Jared “The Big Show” Rosholt and Ashley Gooch. read news >>

UFC FIGHT PASS signs worldwide live-event deal with TKO MMA

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC FIGHT PASS announced a worldwide deal with president of TALION Sports Entertainment Inc., and former TKO MMA promoter, Stephane Patry to add the newly resurrected Canadian mixed martial arts prom read news >>

John Lineker vs. John Dodson Headlines UFC Fight Night 96

  • 14 days ago
  • 15 views

John Lineker will face John Dodson at UFC Fight Night 96 on Oct. 1, officials announced on Saturday afternoon. read news >>

Invicta FC 18 Results: Alexa Grasso Dominates Jodie Esquibel, Agnieszka Niedźwiedź Remains Unbeaten

  • 29 days ago
  • 113 views

On Friday, July 29, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel from the historic Scottish Rite Temple. read news >>

On FIGHT PASS: Grasso successful in Invicta return

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

Get a full recap on Invicta FC 18, which included the successful return of strawweight standout Alexa Grasso read news >>

Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson Announced: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

  • 25 days ago
  • 47 views

Rafael Dos Anjos will face Tony Ferguson in a five-round lightweight clash in the headline bout of the UFC's event at Mexico City's Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday, November 5. UFC Europe relayed read news >>

Cris Cyborg Reportedly to Headline UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil

  • 25 days ago
  • 61 views

Despite holding the Invicta FC featherweight title, it appears that Cris "Cyborg" Justino's next fight will be in the UFC Octagon. read news >>

UFC Confirms Cris Cyborg Brasilia Headliner, Silva vs. Thatch, and Several Other Bouts

  • 24 days ago
  • 53 views

UFC officials confirmed Cris Cyborg vs. Lina Lansberg would headline UFC Fight Night 95, as well as announced several other bouts for the fight card. read news >>