"I didn't know about it until the rest of the world – probably after since I was still sleeping," Tate said. "The reason they are telling us it isn't happening is because Rousey vs. Holm sells more."
"It surprised everybody," said Santos. "I don't think this is about money. If you are in line, you fight for the belt. I think Tate deserves it."
Still, Cyborg is hopeful for a potential Rousey fight herself. The two have had a war of words for several years.
"Everyone wants to see us fight," Santos said. "It is not my choice or (Rousey's) choice, but the fans' choice. I'm ready. Let's go fight."
Rousey is set to face Holly Holm at UFC 195 in January.
damien demento contributed to this article.