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Cyborg Drops Some Weight, Matchup With Akano Appears Unlikely

Hitomi Akano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos

Hitomi Akano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has successfully weighed in for her Stikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz matchup with Hitomi Akano, but the fight remains in doubt. After initially weighing in seven pounds over the 145-pound limit, Cyborg was given two hours to shed an extra 2.5 pounds and successfully completed the task an hour later. Despite the weight gap being closed to the mandatory six pounds, Akano is now threatening to pull out of the fight, according to Cage Writer’s Steve Cofield.

According to the report, Strikeforce is “working” to make sure the fight remains on the card, but an agreement has not yet been reached.

Cyborg faces a 20-percent fine for failing to make weight.

For official Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz weigh-in results click here.

Update: Several other outlets are reporting that Cyborg did not drop down to 149.5 pounds on her second weigh-in as previously reported, instead weighing in between 150 and 150.5 pounds on her second attempt. Regardless of whether she is within six pounds of Akano’s weight or not, we’re hearing that this bout could still happen, but indications remain that this fight is unlikely to take place unless a last-minute deal is struck with Akano.


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