Cris “Cyborg” Santos Tests Positive for Steroids (UPDATED)

January 6, 2012

The California State Athletic Commission on Friday announced that Cris “Cyborg” Santos tested positive for her most recent fight.

Cyborg blasted Hiroko Yamanaka in just 16 seconds at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal in San Diego in December. That fight now, however, has been overturned to a no-contest.

Cyborg tested positive for stanozolol metabolites and was immediately suspended for one year and fined $2,500, according to a statement from the CSAC.

“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd stated. “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.”

Cyborg has long held the top pound-for-pound position in the women’s class among most pundits, but testing positive for steroids certainly puts a pall over her reign as the top female fighter in the world.

Santos has the right to appeal the commission’s findings. Her urine sample was tested by a World Anti-Doping Agency approved lab in California, however, and will likely be verydifficult to dispute.

Following our initial report, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker released a statement both supporting the CSAC’s drug testing policies and his fighter.

“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,” Coker stated.

“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.”


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