Well, ain't this a real kick in the nuts.  Cristiane Santos, aka Cris Cyborg, has been the most dominant female MMA fighter of all time.  In her last fight, she needed only 16 seconds to dismantle Hiroko Yamanaka, leaving the Japanese fighter out cold on the mat.  That win has now been overturned by the California State Athletic Commission due to Cyborg failing her post fight drug test.  Cyborg tested positive for stanozolol metabolites, which are banned under CSAC rules.  The Brazilian fighter will now face a suspension and a 2500 dollar fine.

This is tragic news for fans of women's MMA, whose already thin talent pool looks to be further drained by Cyborg's failed test.   It is also another black eye for MMA in general, as Cyborg becomes yet another big name fighter to get busted for illegal substances.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker released a statement about the failed test:

“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.”

Cyborg will no doubt use all the rights she has available, but the CSAC has already made their determination and things don't look good for her right now.  There were always whispers that, due to her startling physique, she had to be on performance-enhancing drugs.  Those whispers are now shouts, and women's MMA may never be the same.  Sad day for the sport.



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