It looks like Cristiane Santos will be on the shelf again, but this time it won’t be due to lack of competition. The California State Athletic Commission has suspended the Strikeforce womens featherweight champion after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol metabolites following her December 17 victory over Hiroko Yamanaka.
Along with having her fight license suspended for one year, “Cyborg” has been fined $2,500 and her bout with Yamanaka has been changed from a TKO victory to a No Contest.
“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” said CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd. “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”
Santos had been out of action for 17 months due to Strikeforce officials failing to find a suitable opponent for their champion. She made quick work of Yamanka on December 17, finishing her in just 16 seconds with a barrage of punches. The victory had marked Santos’s 11th straight victory in MMA, with nine coming by way of (T)KO.
She has the right to appeal the suspension.
*PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/ESTHER LIN