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…