In what is perhaps the most shocking news in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, Cris Cyborg has tested positive for steroids:
One of its biggest stars, women’s champion Cristiane (Cyborg) Santos, has been suspended one year and fined $2,500 after a failed drug test following her win over Hiroko Yamanaka on Dec. 17, according to reports.
The California State Athletic Commission told MMAjunkie.com that Santos, who defeated Yamanaka by first-round TKO, tested positive for stanozolol metabolites from a sample taken the day before their championship bout in San Diego. She has the right to appeal the ruling.
In the meantime, the victory has been changed to a “no-contest” and UFC president Dana White later said that Santos, currently the most dominant female fighter in the world, would be stripped of her 145-pound belt.
Thus ends my naive belief that if a woman works hard enough at it at the gym, she can become a man. Not only are they stripping her of the 145 belt, they’re putting the belt on the shelf and the entire division with it:
The suspension of Santos “pretty much” ends the 145-pound division, said Dana White, president of Strikeforce parent company Zuffa.
“We were going to hold that division and just do fights with ‘Cyborg’ whenever there was a new contender,” White said Friday during a radio interview with ESPN 1100 Las Vegas. “She’s getting stripped of the title. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
It leaked out during negotiations with Showtime that Zuffa was thinking of scrapping the entire division even before this happened – many of the women at 145 were tactfully asked if they could maybe lose a few pounds and head to the greener pastures of 135. So it’s not much of a surprise to hear that the entire division is probably getting canned – Cyborg was pretty much the entire division.
Somewhere, Gina Carano is both excited that her nemesis is out of the way and sad that she’s gonna have to cut that extra weight. Back when EliteXC launched her career they created a special 140 pound division specifically for her. Gina-weight, we called it. And even then she couldn’t hit it. This is all assuming she ever comes back, of course.
Oh, WMMA. The dice haven’t been rolling in your favor lately.
*UPDATE* Cyborg’s statement after the jump. She says it was tainted supplements:
I would like to sincerely apologize to StrikeForce, the Zuffa organization, Hioko Yamanaka and my fans for my failed drug test. 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. 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. I will do everything I can to show my fans that I can still compete at the professional level without the use of any prohibited substances, and ask God’s forgiveness for my mistake. Cris Santos – Curitiba, Brazil January 7th, 2012
Arrgh, don’t you love how even the people who are caught doing steroids aren’t doing steroids??? So who’s doing steroids? A whole lot of nobody? Jeez. So now I’ve got my doubts. Top athletes are using stuff so far above what can be detected on commission tests it makes the entire testing process nothing more than performance theatre. Winstrol is the kind of thing bottom rung body builders use. So crazy enough, Cyborg’s excuse might be legit.