Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was unwilling to place blame on women’s featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos for turning in a positive result on a PED test taken prior to her most recent title defense until she’s received her due process, but this isn’t exactly Scott Coker’s Strikeforce anymore.
UFC president Dana White appeared recently on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas (props to USAToday) to give his take on the baddest woman on the planet testing hot for anabolic steroids.
“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.”
The 26-year-old Santos registered positive for the anabolic steroid stanazolol prior to defeating Hiroko Yamanaka this past December at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.
The first-round, TKO victory was Cyborg’s third straight title defense and her eleventh straight win, but in light of her positive PED test, the California State Athletic Commission has overturned the win to a no contest.
Santos recently released a statement claiming that she tested positive as a result of taking a dietary supplement she understood to be legal to aid in her significant weight cut, but was misinformed.