White: Cyborg USADA Case “Looking Good”
The UFC crowned its first female featherweight champion on Saturday, but there are few that believe Germaine de Randamie to be the best woman in the weight class. That title goes to Cris "Cyborg" Justino, who recently found herself in some hot water with USADA.
UFC President Dana White, however, says that Cyborg may be back sooner than expected.
Cyborg had been offered a shot at the inaugural featherweight belt, but she reportedly turned down the offer because she needed more time to recover from her last brutal weight cut to a 140 lb. catchweight. In December, things became more complicated, as Justino tested positive for spironolactone, a banned substance.
Justino claimed that the drug had been prescribed to her by a doctor in order to manage the effects of her weight cut. It now appears that her story may check out, according to White.
"It’s actually looking really good now," White told ESPN. "Apparently, the three [medical conditions] she has is what this medicine is used for. It’s looking really good. It was looking bad for a minute, but now it’s looking better. We’re in a good place."
Cyborg was present at UFC 208 when de Randamie defeated Holly Holm for the 145-lb. title. The broadcast’s focus on her (including asking de Randamie about the matchup with Justino) would imply that the UFC is confident that USADA will not be handing Cyborg a lengthy suspension for the positive test.