Today, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and her representatives were denied their request to appeal the one-year suspension the fighter received for testing positive for banned substances by the California State Athletic Commission.
The former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion registered the presence of the anabolic steroid Stanazolol in her blood following a quick TKO win over Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on December 17, 2011. The victory was overturned to a no contest and Santos was fined $2,500 in addition to being suspended. The fight was held at the Valley View Casino in San Diego.
Cyborg issued a statement on her suspension today via Facebook:
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. Nothing like a day after another day .. Soon will come back better than ever I promise. Thank my God always keep praising You.
Santos claimed that the presence of Stanazolol in her system was the result of her careless ingestion of an off-the-shelf supplement recommended by a teammate. The appeal filed by her team sought to reduce the suspension from one year to six months.
Suspended from the date of the fight, Santos will not be eligible to apply for a fight license in the state of California again until December 17, 2012. Zuffa representatives confirmed today that Santos has been stripped of her Strikeforce title.