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‘Cyborg’ On PED Violation: I’m On Medical Treatment

Written by Tom Ngo
December 22nd, 2016
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While the MMA world is all riled up over Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s (pictured) latest failed drug test, Justino is “calm” because the Invicta FC featherweight champion believes she has a valid explanation.

According to Justino, she is under “medical treatment” from her doctor as she is still trying to recover from September’s arduous weight cut to make a 140-pound catchweight contest against Lina Länsberg.

“What I can say now is that they are talking to my doctor, and I’m calm,” Cyborg told MMAFighting.com. “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.”

Justino did not specify what the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) discovered in her system from December 5th’s random, out-of-competition drug test, but her boyfriend, Ray Elbe, posted on The Underground that Justino was not busted for a steroid, like she was in 2011’s fight against Hiroko Yamanaka.

“Not for a steroid, and she has a prescription as part of the post fight therapy she’s been receiving due to the severe weight cut,” Elbe wrote. “This has been known for a few days, and Cris doctor has been in direct contact with USADA turning over all the necessary patient files to document the reasons Cris needs the medication.”

Under the UFC’s drug policy, first-time offenders for performance-enhancing drug will receive a two-year ban, four years with “aggravating circumstance.” The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.

Marijuana and other recreational drugs are only be tested in-competition. These failed screenings will result in a one-year suspension, two years for aggravating circumstance. The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.

Justino was hoping to return to action in March, but that’s nearly impossible after Thursday’s revelation.

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