Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos Stripped of Title, End of the 145lb Division?

January 7, 2012
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Cris "Cyborg" Santos
Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ positive test for steroids following her last fight in Strikeforce will cost her at least the 145-pound women’s title and may kill the division for good.

In an interview with ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas on Friday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Santos would be stripped of the title and because she has essentially been the only fighter competing in the 145-pound women’s division, it may very well be dead.

“We were going to hold that division and just do fights with Cyborg whenever there was a new contender. She’s getting stripped of the belt. This pretty much kills the division,” White said to the radio show.

The California State Athletic Commission announced on Friday that Santos had tested positive for steroids and would be suspended for one year and fined $2,500.

Obviously there is the chance that Santos will appeal, but it’s hard to say if the decision would be overturned or not.

The UFC has followed suit with past decisions regarding titleholders who test positive for banned substances.

Three past champions, Sean Sherk, Josh Barnett and Tim Sylvia, were all stripped of their titles when they tested positive for banned substances.

With Cyborg’s positive test, however, she loses the women’s featherweight title, and because she’s been the only fighter recently with bouts in that weight class it’s almost certain that it may not even be there any longer when she returns in a year.

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  • DrkDisciple

    No surprise there..too bad wanted to see her face Rowdy Rhonda.

  • fitefan

    I think Rhonda had no intention of facing cyborg. I believe she was droping to 135 calling out Tate, bypassing Kaufman, and avoiding Cyborg alltogether.

    • b-soc

      There’s a better chance of Chael shutting up than Cyborg making 135. She has had trouble making 145.

  • Mario

    She only has herself to blame!

    This is truly an unfortunate turn of events.

  • MikeMc1983

    If Gina were to return does she make 135lbs?
    Reguardless of whether or not she deserves it, Gina could make a quick return right into a title fight. Seems like a real easy way to get a face a title. Just a thought of a possiable flip in the situation.

    • jmat13

      I don’t think Gina could make 135 without serious problems. She has had problems making 145 in the past.

  • Santos was the only female fighter I tuned in to watch because of her skill. The rest of them are only interesting because of their looks.

    WMMA is dead, all that remains now are powder puff match-ups and ugly broads that nobody wants to watch fight.

    • mikewinfield

      Her “skill” was based on brute strength which everone and thier mother knew came from steroids.

      Santos would be in the mix of powder puff matches as well if she hasn’t been juicing her entire career.

    • gbhsr

      Thats why ur the short bus rider because you believe in a cheater and she probably always has been.

  • jmat13

    I’m glad MMA has the stance on steriods they do. If only all sports where as strict. Makes you wonder how many fights she may have gotten away with it. I wonder if it had an effect on the Corano fight. Would suck if Gina lost because Santos was juiced. Gina was a much better face for WMMA than Chris. At least we still have Miesha.

  • The 145lb division should be killed. If Santos cant make 135 when she gets back then too bad.

  • Not surprised disappointed though. Disagree with some comments of this being the end of womens mma. There’s still other fights to watch. Ronda Rousey could be the new face of womens mma. She has skill judo olympian undefeated with all fights ending in first round that’s amazing. And she’s hot ill watch her over cyborg any day!

  • jaymeslopez

    How couldn’t any one tell, you didn’t need a drug test to tell she was on steroids. Shocking and irresponsible it took so long to finally bust her, though I think if you want to take performance enhancing drugs you should be able too. I think no drug can ever beat an all natural approach.

  • alhmiel

    plain unattractive girls fighting is worthless to the sport and MMA. there is no appeal for ugly woman to fight. sara kaufman offers nothing to mma and is dull. Santos is half man as a future check-up will disclose. If woman’s MMA is to survive it will be with an attractive array the of fighters that the fans want to see and look at. Listen to Dana White he made the Rousey-Tate fight for ratings and appeal. because they are both attractive and talented. DUH???