According to a Feb. 15 report from ESPN, Tito Ortiz stepped down as Cris "Cyborg" Santos' manager, to potentially clear the path for the star Brazilian to compete inside the UFC's world-famous Octagon.
Ortiz felt that his long-standing feud with UFC President Dana White hurt Santos' chances of getting a UFC title shot against Ronda Rousey.
"I can live with Dana not liking me but what I can't live with is Dana using me to hurt someone else," Ortiz said.
"I've taken abuse and maybe I deserved some of it, but Cris is a beautiful person and great athlete and she doesn't deserve to be insulted like this.
"I won't stand in the way from the fans getting a fight they want and I won't hold Cris back. So, I'm stepping down as Cris' manager."
Even with Ortiz out of the picture, a fight between Santos and Rousey is far from reality.
Currently, Santos is signed with Invicta FC, and the UFC doesn't even have a female 145-pound division.
With the UFC out of the picture for the time-being, Santos should turn her attention back to Invicta FC's featherweight division.
She has one fight left on her Invicta FC contract, and it seems likely she'll complete that fight before the year is out.
Santos vs Shafir?
During the most recent episode of AXS TV's "Inside MMA," Shafir expressed her desire to fight Santos someday.
Shafir, who turns 26 just two months from now, went 5-0 in the amateur ranks, with five-straight first-round stoppages.
Shafir is set to make her pro debut this April under the Lights Out banner, while Santos is slated to compete in a Lion Fight bout on March 28.
With both ladies on similar fight timetables, the stars could align for a year-end bout between Shafir and Santos under the Invicta FC banner.
Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden recently asked Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp what she felt about Shafir, and she had extremely good things to say about the fast-rising judoka.
I like Marina! I think she has a solid future in the sport.
While Knapp's vote of confidence doesn't mean Shafir will be competing inside the Invicta FC cage any time soon, it means at least that she's on the promotion's radar.