The question again on everyone’s mind after the seemingly invincible 145-pound champion’s TKO of a game but overmatched Marloes Coenen Saturday night will have to be answered by the woman Strikeforce enlisted to act as judge, jury, and, just maybe, executioner: Erin Toughill.
Toughill-a big, strong fighter with abundant punching power-will be an opponent unlike any other Cyborg has faced. It’s the compelling matchup many have been expecting all along, including Strikeforce founder and CEO Scott Coker:
Coker likes the size Toughill (10-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) brings to the matchup. After all, it’s a needed weapon when fighting Santos, who noticeably bulked up in the 24 hours between weigh-ins and fight night. Besides, the main reason Strikeforce signed Toughill, a former “American Gladiators” star and part-time pro boxer, was for the probable fight.
“That’s why we brought her in – to fight Santos,” he said.