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Former Strikeforce Champ Cyborg Santos Compares Ronda Rousey to Chael Sonnen

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos believes current bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is WMMA's version of Chael Sonnen.

Cyborg recently gave her opinion on Rousey at a recent MMA event near Los Angeles, comparing her to the former UFC title challenger because of her ability to trash talk like him. Additionally, Cyborg said she thinks Rousey's fate will be the same as Sonnen's in his last fight -- a loss by technical knockout.

"I think she's the same as [Chael] Sonnen," Cyborg told the Yahoo! Contributor Network. "And (at UFC 148), he shut up. I think she's coming the same way as him."

When approached about Cyborg's comments, Rousey's manager, Darin Harvey, went to the offensive. Harvey accused the former champ of attempting to do what he called "unintelligent trash talk," adding that she's a cheater for having used anabolic steroids.

"Even if she never takes another steroid, she has permanently transformed herself into somewhat of male form," Harvey responded by text message. "The residual muscle mass that she put on from the use of anabolic steroids will always remain.

"In my opinion, she will be cheating when she steps into that cage, even if she never takes another performance enhancing drug. Ronda will still snap her arm."

Cyborg was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission on Jan. 6 when she tested positive for stanozolol metabolites following a Dec. 17 title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka. Santos originally won by TKO in the early stages of the first round, but the positive test prompted the CSAC to turn the result into a no-contest.

An appeal by Santos' attorney to reduce the suspension was denied by the CSAC, upholding the penalty for one year until January 2013.

Despite the setback, Santos said she plans on fulfilling her Strikeforce contract as soon as her suspension is done. Rousey is on her radar, and Cyborg looks to have one of her remaining outings be against the Olympic judoka.

"I have three fights left on my contract," Santos said. "I hope to fight [Rousey] soon."

Rousey is currently scheduled to defend her bantamweight title against Sarah Kaufman on Saturday at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman. Rousey first won the title by submitting Miesha Tate by armbar in March, and is undefeated in her professional career.

Erik Fontanez is an MMA writer for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and contributing writer/reporter for Follow Erik on Twitter at @Erik_Fontanez

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