Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has been fined $2500 USD and suspended for one year after testing positive for a stanozolol metabolite prior to her December 17th victory over Hiroko Yamanaka. Santos’s win has now been overturned to a No Decision.
The California State Athletic Commission revealed the news in a release today. Santos was tested shortly before she dispatched of Yamanaka in 16 seconds and a urine sample was then sent to a World Anti-Doping Agency facility for testing. She has the right to appeal her one-year suspension.
Santos (10-1-0, 1 ND) had sat on the sidelines for 18 months during a contract impasse with Strikeforce before she made her long-awaited return to the cage against Yamanaka (12-1-0, 1 ND) at Strikeforce: “Melendez vs Masvidal” this past month. The hard-hitting Santos dropped Yamanaka with right hooks to open the fight and finished her off with a one-two seconds later against the cage. The bout lasted just 16 seconds and talk turned to which fighters, if any, remained to challenge for Santos’s 145-pound title.
Now, Santos will once again face a lengthy layoff unless she is able to launch a successful appeal of the suspension of her fighter licence. The suspension will not expire until December 16th of this year. While Santos has long been the subject of speculation regarding steroid use, she had never before tested positive for any banned substances.
Additional updates will follow as information becomes available.
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