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Cristiane Santos: “I am ultimately responsible for everything I put in my body.”

Female featherweight champion, or former as the case may now be, Cristiane Santos has finally come forward to discuss her recent suspension for steroid use stemming from a December bout against Hiroko Yamanaka. And, surprisingly, she has not denied the possibility of having used an illegal substance though made it clear she did not do so willfully.

“I am ultimately responsible for everything I put in my body, and at the end of the day, there is no excuse for having a prohibited substance in my system,” said Santos in a statement to MMAPrime. “I do not condone the use of any performance enhancing drugs by myself or any other professional athlete, and willingly accept the penalties and fines that have been handed down to me by the California State Athletic Commission and those of the Strikeforce/Zuffa organization.”

In addition to the CSAC suspending Santos for a year she also had her win turned into a No Contest and was fined $2,500 for the infraction. UFC President Dana White also stated the 26-year old would be stripped of her Strikeforce title.

“While I was preparing myself for my last fight I was having a difficult time cutting weight and used a dietary supplement that I was assured was safe and not prohibited from use in sports competition,” Santos continued in her statement. “It was never my intention to obtain an unfair advantage over Hiroko, mislead Strikeforce, the Commission or my fans. I train harder than any fighter in MMA and do not need drugs to win in the cage, and I have proven this time and time again! My only mistake is not verifying the diet aid with my doctor beforehand, and understanding that it was not approved for use in the ring.”

“Unfortunately in the end I suffer the consequences and must accept the responsibility for my actions,” she solemnly concluded. “I will do everything I can to show my fans that I can still compete at the professional level without the use of any prohibited substances, and ask God’s forgiveness for my mistake.”


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I call bullshit.

    So tired of the “dietary supplement” excuse. She is built better than a lot of the guys at 145. She got busted due to her timing her cycles wrong most likley. Surprised she didn’t say she has a doctors note for TRT.

    She got busted and now makes the standard excuse. A natural female physique doesn’t leave one looking like an escaped gorilla.

    Didn’t her husband also get busted for PED’s in the past? Maybe her gave her bad advice on cycle timing. I bet she goes home and kicks his ass for bad advice.

    Either way hope we have seen last of her and women’s MMA can go back to having women fight other women and not apes wearing lipstick.

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  • qat says:

    yup, that just sounds like the nice old “i made a one-time mistake and was sure it was legal”-explanation.
    yet she didnt even say which supplement it was.. doesnt it have a name and distributor, so that people can find out if its true.. why wouldnt she? because its bullshit.
    she is a roid freak and if you look at her fights after the finishes you can almost grasp the roid rage.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Same old song & dance

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Every one of her wins has been dirty. The only surprise was that it took her so long to get caught. There’s no way any woman carries that much muscle naturally.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    “I am ultimately responsible for everything I put in my body.”

    I guess her Husband has no say???

    Well, now we know who wears the pants in this relationship!


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  • MCM says:

    “This is mine! This is where my babies come from!” – Chris Santos while grabbing husbands crotch.

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