Cris âCyborgâ Santos is now âirrelevantâ, according to UFC president Dana White.
He made the comment in London, England today while holding a scrum with media following the UFC on FUEL 7 pre-event press conference.
White was asked for his thoughts on Cyborgâs claims that she could not drop to 135lbs without endangering her health and her ability to have children in the future.
Snorting derision, White declared it to be âthe stupidest thing Iâve ever heardâ and suggested that Santos âstop taking steroidsâ if she wants to drop weight.
Santos tested positive for substances indicating steroid use in late 2011 and was suspended by the California Athletic Commission for one year.
Her Strikeforce womenâs featherweight championship title was also taken from her, despite her protestations that the failed test was the result of inadvertently ingesting prohibited substances via over-the-counter supplements.
Rousey has been installed as the UFC womenâs bantamweight champion following the demise of Strikeforce. She headlines UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche, her first defence of the UFC belt.
She has consistently rubbished Cyborgâs claims that Rousey is ârunningâ from her, saying that the fight is available any time as long as Cyborg can make 135lbs. Rousey sees no need to move up in weight to accommodate her.
The UFC agree, and with no womenâs 145lb division in the pipeline it means that Santos is, as White said today, condemned to irrelevancy in the UFCâs eyes. She recently requested release from her contract so she can explore other options.
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