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Cris Cyborg will fight those steroid charges

When it was first announced that Cris Cyborg had popped positive for steroids, she claimed the whole thing was caused by a tainted supplement and that she would “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.” Since then she’s learned that people either haven’t bought her excuse or don’t care since they’d always suspected she was guilty anyways.

One particularly nasty exchange went on between Cris and Ronda Rousey a few days back on the twitters. Cris had posted a photoshopped picture of Gina Carano after the cyborg fight with “Next victim…Ronda!! No mercy!!” attached. Ronda, never one to mince words, replied:

That pretty much sums up the treatment Cyborg has been receiving since she popped positive. So it’s not that big of a surprise that she is now planning to appeal the steroids charge:

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has begun the process to appeal a one-year suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission on Jan. 6 for alleged steroid use, her personal manager confirmed to SI.com.

Santos’ manager, who asked not to be identified by name, said a response letter was mailed to the CSAC on Monday requesting a hearing in front of the seven-member commission.

CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd said Santos’ appeal would likely be heard at an April 6 meeting with the venue to be determined.

There’s very little chance Cyborg is going to have her suspension lifted, but I think that’s besides the point. Even with her statements of denial, people still think she’s guilty as hell. At the very least a commission hearing will allow her to get her side of the story out to the MMA press and community. Consider the whole thing one big PR exercise that paves the way for her eventual return in 2013.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    If we’ve learned anything, fighting a steroid suspension will almost always result in the penalty being reduced or even cut in half – just like in traffic court.

    Maybe King Mo and her can save costs and get the same layer…

  • CAP

    Hey she now has a good alibi to drop some muscle mass and make 135.

     

    Here’s the Gina photoshop.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Sooooo four months into her 12 month suspension, they’ll finally get around to an appeal hearing, then cut her suspension in half so she’ll be ready to fight in June?

    I wish one, single, solitary fucking commission would take this shit seriously.

  • Symbul

    Just show up, tell the commissioners to go fuck themselves when they ask why your suspension should be reduced and get what you want. James Toney style.

  • Jarman

    thank you cap….knew i could rely on one of the jackals when something obvious slips ryan’s mind.

    yeah, would be nice if some commission somewhere would give half the fuck I’d expect…..it’d be obvious if they did, blood would be screened.

  • G Funk

    Rhonda needs to check her-self before that dude fucks her up.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I think Ronda will tear Cris’ cawk off … IF she can avoid a solid shot.

    Good on her for the TrashTweeting, btw.

  • Night Rider

    It’s awesome how bad this must suck for Tate, not only does/did she not want to fight Rousey. But now the only fight people will talk about (until rousey/tate fight week) is Ronda vs Cyborg. Which again shows most including Rousey are looking past Miesha.

    And thanks for the podcasts, keemp em comin

  • agentsmith

    ^ Now that’s sarcasm.

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