Though the public’s attention may be currently directed at Alistair Overeem pertaining to his recently failed drug test, the status surrounding another former Strikeforce champion with PED-related problems was addressed earlier today when Cristiane Santos failed to have her yearlong suspension reduced to six months after appealing the CSAC’s mandated punishment. As such she will be unable to apply to for a license until her sentence runs out in mid-December.
“I want to thank all my fans, friends, coaches, Legal Counsel, sponsors, who are with me. Unfortunately we could not reduce my penalty. I’m sad … But after a storm in the morning see the sun shine,” wrote Santos on her Facebook page shortly after word came down from the California State Athletic Commission.
The featherweight tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol after her successful title-defense against Hiroko Yamanaka in late 2011. As a result, the California State Athletic Commission changed the sixteen-second TKO victory to a No Contest and fined/suspended the 26-year old Brazilian.
“Cyborg” claimed the banned substance was the result of using a dietary supplement she was told was legal. However, she ultimately accepted responsibility for putting it in her body without first-hand knowledge of the contents’ legitimacy.
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