CSAC Upholds Year-Long Steroid Suspension for Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos

Written by Tom Ngo
April 9th, 2012

Strikeforce Cristiane Cyborg Santos

On Monday, former Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Pictured) stood before the California State Athletic Commission to explain why she tested positive for stanozolol metabolites following December’s dominant victory over Hiroko Yamanaka.

Cyborg has professed from the beginning she has never intentionally taken any performance-enhancing drugs. However, while trying to lose weight for her first title defense in 18 months, someone from her camp suggested a dietary supplement which she was assured was legal.

Unfortunately for the Brazilian, the unnamed substance wasn’t. The CSAC suspended her for one year and overturned her knockout win over the Japanese fighter to a no contest. Cyborg was also fined $2,500 for flunking the drug test.

To make matters worse, UFC president Dana White immediately stripped the 26-year-old of her Strikeforce title.

Today, Cyborg pleaded to have Cali’s governing body reduce her sentence in half because of the misunderstanding. The CSAC wasn’t having any of it and decided to uphold their 12-month ban.

The suspension will be retroactively enforced from her “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” fight date. She can return to action as soon as December 17th, 2012.

The news isn’t all bad for Cyborg. She gets to keep her $66,000 paycheck for “beating” Yamnaka, $33k of which came via win bonus. California only allows for athletes to be punished a specified amount for this type of offense, which Cyborg received ($2,500 and one-year).

Nevada, on the other hand, docked Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal last month $39,000 of his failed drug exam.

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