CSAC Upholds Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos One-Year Suspension For Steroids

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The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) met to hear from Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos regarding her failed drug test after last year's Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal bout with Hiroko Yamanaka. The CSAC voted to uphold her one year's suspension.


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Santos was also cut from Strikeforce and stripped of her 145lb women's title.

Mike Chiappetta reports for MMA Fighting:

In her remarks, Cyborg said she didn't condone the use of performance-enhancing drugs in MMA, and her attorney noted that they have taken steps to have her tested monthly and make sure the supplements she will take in the future won't contain any banned substances.

Their arguments, however, didn't lead to any leniency from CSAC in confirming their original one-year penalty and a $2,500 fine, which her lawyer said she has already paid. A motion by commissioner John Frierson to reduce the suspension to six months was denied.

Santos, 27, will have only fought once in the 30 months preceding the end of her suspension in December of this year. She was tangled in a contract dispute with Strikeforce for a number of months before the Yamanaka bout, which has been ruled a no-contest.

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