Saturday, January 22, 2022

Off Then Back On, Cyborg Vs. Akano Set For Strikeforce

Sherdog.com has the story:

SAN JOSE — After hours of back and forth negotiations, Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker finally got his girl.

Hitomi Akano relented and agreed to take on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, despite the fact that Santos could not come close to making the 145-pound contracted weight.

Akano’s manager Shu Hirata spoke to Sherdog.com about their reversal of an earlier statement that the fight was off and Akano’s decision to ultimately take the fight.

“All I can say is that Strikeforce and Mr. Coker offered her something very reasonable and we appreciate his effort as well,” said Hirata at the conclusion of negotiations at 2 a.m. PST. “Of course as a fighter she always wants to fight but she wanted to get the right conditions to make that happen, that’s all.”

About an hour before the deal was struck, Coker, showing his unwillingness to concede despite Hirata’s earlier statements that the fight was off, quipped to the assembled media that “it isn’t over till it’s over.”

As for the concessions he made, the Strikeforce boss kept things rather cryptic.

“I don’t really want to say what the deal is but I think that, let’s put it this way [her] gym will have a much better relationship with Strikeforce than just one fighter,” said Coker.

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