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Cris Cyborg: I lost public appearances and sponsors during USADA investigation

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UFC women’s featherweight Cris Cyborg spoke about the rough time she endured during her USADA drug test appeal, including losing sponsors and public appearances.

Cris Cyborg is all cleared to return to UFC competition after USADA granted her a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for Spironolactone, a banned diuretic she tested positive for in an out-of-competition drug test in December. It’s a major victory for the Brazilian women’s featherweight force, who was facing the second drug test ban of her career.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Cyborg revealed that she lost out on endorsements during her appeal, but was grateful for the way the process played out between her team and USADA. (Transcription via MMA Fighting)

“It was a tough time, but I knew I did nothing wrong, I had not cheated,” Cyborg said.

“I lost a lot of public appearances, I lost sponsors, during the two-month investigation. But I’m happy, everything’s great now, and I have to say thank you to my team, to my lawyer, thank you to Jeff Novitzky who works for UFC who helped me and my team go through everything in the process.”

Cyborg also had a few words for those who had presumed her guilty, including UFC analyst Joe Rogan.

People judge before,” Cyborg said. “The problem is that some media, they don’t know what’s going on. And a guy like Joe Rogan, who has six million followers [on Twitter], and these guys say I cheated and that I’m going to be banned for life, and then people believe that. People don’t wait to see the results, they judge.”

“I was really stressed about everything, because I did a mistake one time in my life, and then I learned a lot of things about this mistake,” she said. “And the one thing I learned the first time, just some people stay with you. This time, same thing. These are the people I really trust, who stay with me, and I appreciate everyone.”

While there is expectation that Cyborg will contend for the UFC women’s 145 lbs title against current champion Germaine de Randamie, it looks as if GdR wants to have an immediate rematch with Holly Holm. Cyborg wants to return on the UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway card in Brazil, and if she doesn’t fight de Randamie for the belt, she’s interested in a fight with Invicta FC interim champion Megan Anderson.

Video of Cyborg’s interview can be viewed at the top of the page, starting at the 1:11:57 timestamp.