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CSAC upholds Cristiane Santos’ twelve-month suspension

Though the public’s attention may be currently directed at Alistair Overeem pertaining to his recently failed drug test, the status surrounding another former Strikeforce champion with PED-related problems was addressed earlier today when Cristiane Santos failed to have her yearlong suspension reduced to six months after appealing the CSAC’s mandated punishment. As such she will be unable to apply to for a license until her sentence runs out in mid-December.

“I want to thank all my fans, friends, coaches, Legal Counsel, sponsors, who are with me. Unfortunately we could not reduce my penalty. I’m sad … But after a storm in the morning see the sun shine,” wrote Santos on her Facebook page shortly after word came down from the California State Athletic Commission.

The featherweight tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol after her successful title-defense against Hiroko Yamanaka in late 2011. As a result, the California State Athletic Commission changed the sixteen-second TKO victory to a No Contest and fined/suspended the 26-year old Brazilian.

“Cyborg” claimed the banned substance was the result of using a dietary supplement she was told was legal. However, she ultimately accepted responsibility for putting it in her body without first-hand knowledge of the contents’ legitimacy.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    It sucks to have her on the shelf for another year, but nobody to really blame but herself. Hope to see her back in December at 135 and kicking ass.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Whoever she ends up fighting for will need the lead time to find someone with a hope in Hell of beating her, PEDS or no.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I am sure she will be back in Strikeforce, no way they drop her for this. It only her first failed drug test it isnt like she also commited a federal crime, now that would warrent a severe punishment…..

  • MCM says:

    Agreed fanoftna33. Plus it’s not like she was the reigning champ and simply lost the title, that would make her Marloes Coenen.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    So true MCM, as much as I find myself likeing Strikeforce and what they are doing for WMMA, I also shake my head at what they are doing TO WMMA.


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