Santos, 28, noted that Muay Thai is a completely different sport than MMA, and she tried to take on one of the best fighters in the world in just her third fight.
I think it's a different sport. I compete sometimes in jiu-jitsu as a world champ, and I tried to be a champ (in kickboxing). Who tries to be a world champion in Muay Thai after two fights? I love striking, but MMA and Muay Thai are different. [Baars] has fought in MMA, she's lost a few fights. It's different. Who inside MMA that's a champion goes to fight Muay Thai? Nobody. But I love competing.
"Cyborg" also says she'll have no problem getting down to 135 pounds for a clash against Rousey, because she was able to cut for her Lion Fight 14 bout without even needing to get into the sauna.
I normally walk around at 160. This is the first time I made 145 with no sauna and no [problems]. First time. My diet changed, my training has changed, and you know, for the first time I was scared, because always before my fights I suffer so bad. But I did very good work, trained hard. I did everything healthy.
Analysis: A potential fight between Rousey and Santos did lose a bit of luster because the Brazilian looked very beatable in her bout with Baars.
Santos didn't show off great technique, so she tried to win by overpowering her opponent.
Once she drops down to 135 pounds for a fight against Rousey, she'll lose some of the power she had at 145 pounds.
The UFC is likely still interested in putting together a Rousey vs "Cyborg" fight, but the potential bout definitely lost some luster.
If Rousey does end up fighting Santos, it will likely happen at the UFC's year-end show in Las Vegas.