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.”
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE