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Cris Cyborg Tests Positive For Steroids, Suspended By The CSAC (Update)

Well, it looks like Cris Cyborg is about to have another long layoff.

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that the CSAC has suspended Cyborg for a positive steroid test stemming from her most recent Strikeforce title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka.

The California State Athletic Commission announced on Friday that it has suspended Cyborg because her drug test following her most recent fight, a 16-second knockout of Hiroko Yamanaka, came back positive for metabolites of the anabolic steroid stanozolol. The result of the Cyborg-Yamanaka fight will be changed to a no decision.

“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd said in a statement. “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”

MMA Junkie adds that the suspension will last for one year and she will be fined $2,500. Also, Cyborg’s win over Yamanaka has been changed to a no-contest.

Several fighters in the past such as Sean Sherk and Josh Barnett have appealed positive tests in California before, however it’s unclear if Cyborg plans to do the same. Neither she or her camp have commented on the story as of yet.

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Update: Strikeforce’s Scott Coker released the following statement after the news broke.

“STRIKEFORCE has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos. However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs. We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies. Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”

Little too PC for you? Well, here’s the always outspoken Dana White with his take.

“We were going to hold that division and just do fights with Cyborg whenever there was a new contender,” White told ESPN Radio in Las Vegas. “She’s getting stripped of the title. This pretty much kills the division. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”

Cyborg has yet to comment, but here’s Ronda Rousey with her thoughts…

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  • Bill Schumer

    I wish I could say that’s surprising.

  • winslow cross

    Duh, she’s basically a man.

  • warriordave927

    Maybe if she lays off the juice she can make 135

  • Mr Kitty

    I knew it!

  • joe_rogan

    now, why am i not surprised?

  • i like sexy time

    Dumb man he is!

  • i like sexy time

    Dumb man he is!

  • Anonymous

    It was just a matter of time.

  • Mitchtiz

    that is disapointing and could lead some to jump to conclusions but the matter of facts are she onlyhas tested positive once to my knowledge and from the news coming from this test it looks like this is the first time she has been popped.  Im not too prepared or studied for these comments but what does the CSAC or other athletic commissions stance on Hormones ?  she does look like she has changed her usual female body or appearance to be more similiar to a mans with the jaw line being stronger suited and her chin, facial features looking more like a manthan a woman however its wrong to judge someone based soley on appearances, so her physical achievements in MMA has to make some wonder how long has she been doing this and was the Womans Champion a cheater from the jump or did she use this banned substance one time and have any good excuses for doing so?  This really is a problem bcuz if she is cheating than its not fair for those who aren’t and if she is already the beast she is than that more likely will provoke the other women to ” do whatever they can to compete with her” by taking that road aswell. It really is a problem and a setback for women fans and mma competitors for there #1 pfp champ to be viewed like this and can lead to total dessimation of their sport in strikeforce and other promotions.  It happened now lets wait n see how it plays out before we can say its all over just yet.  I really do hope they keep Womans MMA alive so we can see them compete and have equal rights in this sport and so guys like me can see the Miesha Tate’s & Ronda Rousey’s of the world grapple each other in short tight shorts for our enjoyment.  Those who dont embody the female look shouldnt be barred or let go but if they are sexy and can fight its only going to be more attention to a division that very badly needs it now and forever.

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