Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has tested positive for steroids following her 16-second TKO of Hiroko Yamanaka in December, resulting in a one year suspension, $2,500 fine, and the win being changed to a no decision.
The California State Athletic Commission announced the positive test for stanozolol metabolites on Friday. Santos can appeal the drug test, but it’s not yet clear if she will.
“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd said in a press release. “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”
UFC President Dana White said Santos has been stripped of the title in an appearance on ESPN Radio and the future of the 145-pound division in Strikeforce now appears to be in jeopardy.
“We were going to hold that division and just do fights with ‘Cyborg’ whenever there was a new contender,” White said. “She’s getting stripped of the title. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said in his own statement on Strikeforce.com that the promotion has a strong stance against performance enhancing drugs, but reminded fans that Santos still has the right to appeal.
“[Strikeforce has] 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,” Coker said.
Cyborg (10-1) won the title with a first-round TKO of Gina Carano in 2009 and defended it over Marloes Coenen and Jan Finney in 2010 before sitting out for 18 months due to contract issues before knocking out Yamanaka in just 16-seconds on the Showtime-televised card in December.
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