Santos tested positive for stanozolol metabolites, an anabolic steroid. She was fined $2,500 and suspended for one year.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to Strikeforce, the Zuffa organization, Hiroko Yamanaka, and my fans for my failed drug test,” Santos said on Saturday in a statement on her personal website.
“I am ultimately responsible for everything I put in my body, and at the end of the day, there is no excuse for having a prohibited substance in my system. I do not condone the use of any performance enhancing drugs by myself or any other professional athlete, and willingly accept the penalties and fines that have been handed down to me by the California State Athletic Commission and those of the Strikeforce/Zuffa organization.”
She did not, however, admit to knowingly taken a steroid. Santos said that she believes the positive test result was due to a dietary substance she took to cut weight for her fight with Yamanaka.
“While I was preparing myself for my last fight I was having a difficult time cutting weight and used a dietary supplement that I was assured was safe and not prohibited from use in sports competition. It was never my intention to obtain an unfair advantage over Hiroko, mislead Strikeforce, the Commission or my fans. I train harder than any fighter in MMA and do not need drugs to win in the cage, and I have proven this time and time again!
“My only mistake is not verifying the diet aid with my doctor beforehand, and understanding that it was not approved for use in the ring. Unfortunately in the end I suffer the consequences and must accept the responsibility for my actions.”
UFC president Dana White has stated that Santos would be stripped of her title, and that the entire 145-pound Strikeforce women’s division is in jeopardy.