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Cyborg stripped of title, explains it was a ‘dietary supplement’

As we reported yesterday, the California State Athletic Committee announced that Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has tested positive for stanozolol metabolites (steroids) following her speedy victory Dec. 17th, which has since been changed to a no contest. Since the news UFC president Dana White had this to say on the matter.

She’s getting stripped of the belt,” White today told ESPN 1100 AM Las Vegas’ MMA Insiders show.

Strikeforce has also released a statement on the issue.

Strikeforce has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos,” Coker stated in today’s release. “However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs. We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies.

“Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law, and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”

A remorseful Santos has also responded to the allegations, citing a dietary supplement that she was assured was safe to take.

I would like to sincerely apologize to Strikeforce, the Zuffa organization, Hioko 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.

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.

I will do everything I can to show my fans that I can still compete at the professional level without the use of any prohibited substances, and ask God’s forgiveness for my mistake.

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