Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC, has been notified of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation from an out-of-competition sample collected on December 5, per UFC.com.
According to policy, the specific substance Cyborg tested positive for has not been released.
Per Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting, Cyborg responded after news broke about her potential violation.
“What I can say now is that they are talking to my doctor, and I’m calm. 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.”
On MixedMartialArts.com’s forum, Cyborg’s boyfriend Ray Elbe posted:
“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. 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 C”ris needs the medication.”
This news comes a little over a week after Cyborg took Dana White and the UFC to task for not including her in the inaugural UFC women’s Featherweight Title bout scheduled for UFC 208.
White maintains he gave Cyborg two opportunities to compete in this fight, but she declined. Cyborg says she asked for a later date, but wasn’t granted her request.
There will be some speculation as to whether the UFC knew about Cyborg’s impending suspension, or if the decision to pit Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie was a product of the two sides working on different schedules.
In any case, Cyborg is in a bad situation. This is not the first time she’s been associated with a tainted sample. Back in 2012, while she was competing in Strikeforce, her license to compete was suspended and she was banned for a year after testing positive for stanozolol metabolites.
Cyborg has had a long-standing rivalry with Ronda Rousey, though the two women have never faced off in Strikeforce or the UFC. This recent potential violation could kill her chances of ever facing Rousey in what could be the biggest female mixed-martial arts bout in history.
Things could get even worse for the 31-year-old Brazilian.
Most would consider Cyborg the top female featherweight fighter in the world, but if she is suspended for two years (four years is the max for a first USADA offense), there’s no telling where she’ll stand when she’s eligible to return to competition.