The friendship between Tate and Santos appears to have started in the days leading up to UFC 168, when "Cyborg" tweeted a good luck message to the standout wrestler.
Hey @mieshatate great job! Hope you kick @rondarousey ass! If you ever want to train together let me know! #ossss #heyyy," Santos tweeted on Dec. 1.
On Jan. 4, Santos' manager, MMA legend Tito Ortiz, took to Twitter to ask Tate to assist "Cyborg" with preparations for her upcoming fight.
"@MieshaTate we need to get u help @criscyborg get ready for her next fight. It will help you both," Ortiz tweeted to Tate.
"Anytime!" Tate responded.
Santos, 28, offered to help Tate train for her UFC 168 fight against Rousey, so it seems the right thing to reciprocate by accepting the invitation to help "Cyborg" train for her next bout.
Santos is expected to fight on the next Invicta FC card, which could be held in early-March in Kansas City, Missouri.
It hasn't been made official who Santos will be fighting, but all signs point to her opponent being Ediane Gomes, the top-ranked featherweight contender.
In all likelihood, the public tweeting between Tate and Santos was probably a marketing ploy to try to get UFC officials to start contemplating a fight between "Cyborg" and Rousey.