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Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos Stripped Of Title & Suspended After Positive Steroid Test

Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, the most dominant female mixed martial artist in the world, has tested positive for anabolic steroids following her most recent title defense, as was revealed today by the California State Athletic Commission.

The 26-year-old Brazilian tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanazolol, or Winstrol, the day prior to making her third successful title defense against Japanese fighter Hiroko Yamanaka. Cyborg fought and defeated Yamanaka via sixteen-second TKO in the first round of their Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal meeting last December.

For testing positive for a banned substance, Cyborg’s win over Yamanaka has been overturned and ruled a no contest. Zuffa has stripped her of the Strikeforce featherweight title and the CSAC has also suspended Santos’ license for one year and fined her $2,500.

Aside from a submission loss in her very first pro fight, Cristiane Santos has been unbeatable, having run roughshod through almost all of the women in her division, including the likes of Gina Carano and Marloes Coenen.

Cyborg won the Strikeforce title by defeating Carano and has defeated three opponents since, though now only has two title defenses to her credit. Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal went down on December 17 at the Valley View Casino in San Diego.