Former 145 lb. female champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has done what most other fighters have done following a failed drug test. She has appealed to the commission in hopes of a lighter sentence. In this case she will be up against one of the most astringent in the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). Santos’ manger has said that the paperwork was all filed yesterday, and they can expect to be heard by the CSAC on April 6.
Though many fighters have tried in the past, rarely have sentences have been reduced. Santos stripped of her title and left without her profession for a year has since released an apology to her friends and family, citing a liquid supplement she was unaware had the banned substances. She also said it was provided by someone within her camp that assured her it would be okay, to help weight cutting.
Female fighters shared different feelings on the matter. Former champ Gina Carano showed sympathy for her predecessor, while contender and former Judo olympic bronze winner has shared public war of words.
“You don’t get to the point where the actual bone structure of your face starts to look like that unless you’ve been doing something hormonal or steroid [-based] for a very long time,” said Rousey, who estimates she’s been drug-tested 2,000 times during her judo career since age 14. “Those drugs do masculate you and it takes a long time for it to go as far as it did on her.”
Santos has taken to twitter and called out Rousey for a return bout.
“Even if she did test clean, I doubt she would be clean,” said Rousey. “I’m sure she’d just change her cocktail around a bit.”
In the interim, Santos has returned to Curtiba, Brazil with family for support, and is expected to return for her hearing April 6.