Showtime: For Now, Using 135-Pound Division Only Is Best Way to See High-Level Women’s Fights

By Staff Jul 10, 2012

Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza, on “Rewind,” discussing the 135-pound women’s division in Strikeforce and Cristiane Santos’ remarks questioning whether she can make that weight:

“I think in the short run, the easiest way to see the high-level fights that everybody wants will be at bantamweight, at 135. I think maybe it’s a little bit of negotiating positioning on Chris’ part to sort of maybe make that point and see if she can make some differences. I haven’t had the conversation with her about weight, but I don’t think that in the long run that’s necessarily the best way to go about it. We just don’t have the numbers right now to support the second weight class. I think it’s something where we have to get sort of a base level of talent in that division to be able to really effectively operate there. I think that’s an ongoing endeavor. They’re out there.”


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