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Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos Resigns From Strikeforce

Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos has resigned from his Strikeforce contract due to inactivity. Santos, ex-husband of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, has gone 1-3 in Strikeforce with memorable bouts with Nick Diaz and Marius Zaromskis. Tatame first reported the news.

Santos told the Brazilian site:

“I resigned, quit Strikefroce because I signed a six-fight two-year contract. They gave me two fights and it’s been a year I haven’t fought. I can’t live like this, spending a year on the ‘fridge’. There’re events all over the world. People who know me know I like to be active. Since September 2011 I haven’t fought. I can’t do it. Together with my manager, Rudimar (Fedrigo), I’ve sent a letter asking for Strikeforce to release me and they did.”

Santos’ Strikeforce contract apparently contained an exclusivity clause, preventing him from taking bouts elsewhere. “Cyborg” explained that the time on the shelf has cost him his timing and has caused significant financial loss for the fighter. He explained:

“I lost speed. It’s like playing soccer. You gotta keep playing it. A fighter’s source of money is the money he makes from fighting. If he doesn’t fight he doesn’t make money and doesn’t pay the bills. Everybody has family and their appointments. You can be better than your opponent, but if you fight a guy who’s coming from a three-fight row it’s gonna be a big difference”

The Brazilian fighter has signed with Instinct MMA and will have his first fight in October.

“I closed a three-fight deal with Instinct, which is a Canadian event. I’ll fight on October 21st, against Brandon Thatch, who’s the champion there. Then I’ll fight in December and again in February. They assured me three fights within six months. The event doesn’t have an exclusivity clause, so I can fight in other shows too. Even though it’s not a big event like Strikeforce, it’s best to keep fighting than don’t fight at all. I can fight in Brazil, in America or anywhere else”.

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