cristiane-cyborg-santos-16.jpgFollowing a dominant win at Friday’s Invicta FC 5 event, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is now slated to meet fellow ex-Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen for the organization’s inaugural featherweight title.

Invicta FC officials announced the planned matchup during Friday’s online-PPV event.

The bout likely will be part of Invicta FC 6, which is targeted for a late-June or early-July date.

At Friday’s event in Kansas City, Mo., Santos (11-1) returned from a 16-month layoff that followed a failed drug test due to an anabolic steroid. She dominated late replacement Fiona Muxlow (6-3) and scored an early knockdown before finishing off the Australian later in the round. It marked Santos’ ninth knockout in 11 career wins.

She’ll now face an opponent who lasted longer than most. Back in January 2010, Santos defended her Strikeforce featherweight title with a third-round TKO victory over Coenen (21-5), whom she slowly wore down throughout the fight.

“[Coenen is] a very good fighter, and we’re going to have a good fight,” Santos said.

Coenen went on to win Strikeforce’s bantamweight title in her next bout by submitting Sarah Kaufman. That victory is part of the Dutch vet’s current 4-1 run, which also included a December submission win over Muxlow at DREAM.18.

Santos, who had her December 2011 win over Hiroko Yamanaka overturned to a no-contest, nonetheless remains undefeated over her past 12 fights.

The Santos-Coenen winner will join Michelle Waterson (newly crowned atomweight champion), Carla Esparza (strawweight champ) and Barb Honchak (new flyweight titleholder) as Invicta FC champions.

For more on Invicta FC 5, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site. And for the latest on Invicta FC 6, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

After controversial first fight, Tonya Evinger vs. Yana Kunitskaya II slated for Invicta FC 22

  • a day ago
  • 24 views

Tonya Evinger and Yana Kunitskaya will do it again after a controversial end to their first meeting.Filed under: News read news >>

LFA 2 slated for Jan. 20 with Mike Richman vs. Lazar Stojadinovic headliner

  • 28 days ago
  • 9 views

The second event for LFA, a promotion born out of the Legacy FC-RFA merger, is slated for Jan. 20.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

LFA 2: Richman vs. Stojadinovic Slated for Late January | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares recently announced that the second LFA event is headed to Minnesota in January. read news >>

Eight-bout Invicta FC 21 lineup finalized with addition of 3 fights, including Andrea Lee-Jenny Liou

  • 26 days ago
  • 26 views

With the addition of three more fights, the lineup for next month’s Invicta FC 21 card now is complete.Filed under: News read news >>

Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet Fight Card Complete | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

Invicta Fighting Championships today announced three new bouts for Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet, completing the eight-fight card. read news >>

Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino notified of potential anti-doping violation

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Invicta FC featherweight champion and top pound-for-pound women’s fighter Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Titan FC 43 slated for Jan. 21 with Jose Torres vs. Pedro Nobre title fight

  • 21 days ago
  • 9 views

The lineup is taking shape for Titan FC’s first event of 2017, and a title fight tops the bill.Filed under: News read news >>

Full UFC 207 salaries: Ronda Rousey slated for $3 million flat payday

  • 17 days ago
  • 5 views

Win or lose, UFC 207 headliner Ronda Rousey is going home with a disclosed payday of $3 million.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 207 results: Despite missing weight, Ray Borg takes dominant decision over Louis Smolka

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 views

LAS VEGAS – Ray Borg mauled Louis Smolka from start to finish in a dominating effort that saw everything but a finish from the aggressive grappler Borg.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Twitter reacts to T.J. Dillashaw's dominant victory over John Lineker at UFC 207

  • 17 days ago
  • 12 views

T.J. Dillashaw continued his march back to the UFC bantamweight title on Friday when he earned a dominant victory over John Lineker at UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>