It’s a controversy that just hasn’t gone away, and as UFC President Dana White said, it may get worse before it gets better.
But, we found out yesterday, not always.
Sure, there has never been more attention placed on drug testing in the sport of mixed martial arts as in recent weeks, where the UFC announced a bold new program to tackle the issue. The random, “out-of-competition” procedures had already resulted in positive tests for several high-profile athletes, and now, those measures will become the norm for the promotion. So, what’s next?
Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cris Justino, aka Cris Cyborg, has failed PED testing in the past. So, she was tested at random Friday night by the California State Athletic Commission, even though Invicta hasn’t adopted the UFC’s tougher policies.
And, she has passed.
The news was passed along to Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour yesterday, by California State Athletic Commission Executive Director Andy Foster. Marc Raimondi reported the news for MMA Fighting.
Cyborg will face Charmaine Tweet this Friday at the main event of Invicta FC 11 in Los Angeles.
Cyborg, of Curitiba, Brazil, has been one of the most dominant fighters in women’s MMA, earning a 12-1-1 record since 2005. Her lone loss came in her first professional bout, and she has since won titles for several promotions.
But, Cyborg had failed a test back in December 2011 for a bout in San Diego for the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion. So, she’s subject to out-of-competition testing for the remainder of her career.
She has long sought a showdown with UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.