Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, who held the Strikeforce women’s featherweight title before a failed drug test led to her being stripped of the crown, will not have her sentence reduced despite an appeal to do so. The California State Athletic Commission ruled to uphold the yearlong suspension handed down to Santos for testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanazolol after her victory against Hiroko Yamanaka last December.

The ruling means “Cyborg” will not be able to apply for her fight license until December 17, 2012. She was hoping to have the penalty cut to six months, but was denied, as she posted on her Facebook page Monday.

“I want to thank all my fans, friends coaches, Legal Counsel, sponsors, who are with me,” Santos wrote. “Unfortunately we could not reduce my penalty. I’m sad…But after a storm in the morning see the sun shine. Nothing like a day after another day…Soon will come back better than ever I promise. Thank my God always keep praising You.”

Santos successfully defended her title three times after winning it against Gina Carano in what was billed as the biggest women’s MMA fight in history. Along with losing her crown, Santos was also fined and had the victory over Yamanaka changed to a No Contest.


MMATraining Take: Santos’ failed drug test really hurt WMMA at the time, but Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate have picked up the ball and ran with it. Having those two out front, and with Santos lurking in the background at the end of the year, the women could make a solid run in the sport and in Strikeforce.