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Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos to WWE rumors are unsurprisingly false

As I figured might happen yesterdayDave Meltzer is saying at Yahoo Sports that Cristiane Santos isn't jumping from Strikeforce to WWE.

Of note from the article:

Santos has a "champion's clause" in her contract, as do all Strikeforce champs ever since former middleweight title holder Jake Shields left the promotion to go to rival Ultimate Fighting Championships. The clause, similar to those in UFC contracts, binds a champion to the promotion until they lose. Because of the clause, Santos would need the permission of Strikeforce to appear in a WWE ring


"We're negotiating Cristiane's contract," said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. "We hope to finalize something soon."

Coker, in Columbus, Ohio, for a Saturday-night Showtime event, indicated he first heard about it Thursday night and didn't know if the Santos story was serious or just an attempt to leverage the current talks.

Strikeforce (unlike UFC) has allowed fighters to have joint deals - some of its top fighters also have contracts with Japanese organizations. The WWE - unless it's a one-time celebrity appearance - usually insists on owning the exclusive rights to the performers it puts on television.

Santos is likely not a big-enough celebrity to fit that bill.

I hate to say I told you so, but...

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