Cyborg Notified Of Potential USADA Violation, UFC Releases Statement, Cyborg Comments

MMA Fighter Cris Cyborg, who failed a drug test years ago, may have just failed another one.

The UFC just released this statement:

The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on December 5, 2016. 

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. 

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

The irony of the situation is that the UFC created a 145-pound division primarily for Cyborg as she couldn't safely cut to 135 pounds. Justino blamed a bad weight cut from September fight over Lina Lansberg.

"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. They are talking to my doctor to solve this the best way. it's nothing bad. I'm on medical treatment," Cyborg told MMA Fighting.

Ray Elbe claimed that Justino failed for sprionolactone, which is a diuretic. As Iain Kidd pointed out on Twitter, the birth control she complained about taking at the urging of nutritionist George Lockhart contained a drospirenone, which is similar to spironolactone.

“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," Ray Elbe said on the MMA Underground. "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.”

Justino failed a drug test in 2011 for stanozolol following her Strikeforce title defense over Hiroko Yamanaka.

We will keep you updated with all the details surrounding this story as it develops. 

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