Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is facing a fight that has become all too familiar to MMA, as the #1 ranked pound-for-pound women fighter in the world tested positive for an illegal substance and is now looking at a one-year ban, a fine of $2,500, and the cloud of questions over her accomplishments in the sport.
UFC President Dana White has also said that Zuffa will strip Santos of her Strikeforce women’s featherweight championship due to the news.
Santos recently released a statement through MMAPrime explaining just what happened in regards to the positive test, where she wrote, “I would like to sincerely apologize to Strikeforce, the Zuffa organization, Hiroko 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,” she continued. “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.”
It remains to be seen what happens with the Strikeforce 145-pound division without Santos, as she has become the face of women’s MMA and White has also stated her positive drug test essentially killed the weight-class.
MMATraining Take: Santos’ explanation isn’t the greatest, but at least she came out and admitted her wrongdoing, in a sort of round-about-way that the MMA community is used to hearing. Where Santos goes from here is anybody’s guess, but hopefully she is back inside the cage as soon as possible.