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“Cyborg” Santos Releases Statement On Positive Drug Test

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has released a statement on her own personal website detailling exactly why she tested positive for a banned substance following her most recent victory at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal. The California State Athletic Commission suspended Santos for one year and fined her $2,500 for testing positive for stanozolol metabolities, an anabolic steroid.

“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,” Santos posted.

“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. 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.”

UFC president Dana White has said Zuffa will strip Santos her of 145-pound featherweight title, leaving a giant hole women’s MMA.