Cyborg Notified of Potential Anti-Doping Violation
The UFC has released a statement in regards to the US Anti-Doping Agency informing Cris "Cyborg" Justino of a potential anti-doping violation coming from an out-of-competition drug test administered on Dec. 5. You can read the full statement below:
"The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on December 5, 2016.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.
Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward."
Cris Cyborg last fought in September at a 140-lb. catchweight, defeating Lina Landsberg in the second round of their Brazil main event.
She has been in headlines recently, as the UFC has created a women’s featherweight championship on Feb. 11 — without her. She reportedly turned down two separate offers to fight, leading the UFC to book Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie for the 145 lb. title. Cyborg claimed that the physical toll from her previous weight cuts forced her to need more recovery time.
In a brief interview with MMAFighting, Cyborg did not reveal what substance she tested positive for, but did say it stemmed from medication she had been prescribed as a result of her brutal weight cut.
"What I can say now is that they are talking to my doctor, and I’m calm,” Cyborg said. "Everybody knows I’m sick, that I’m recovering from the weight cut I had to do for the fight. What is happening is post-weight cut. Everybody knows I’m sick. They are talking to my doctor to solve this the best way.
"It’s nothing bad. I’m on medical treatment."