Former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos, who was stripped of the belt after failing a drug test earlier this year, is taking monthly drug tests at the California State Athletic Commission laboratory to try and remove some of the tarnish from here name.
Santos had elevated testosterone levels after her December 17 fight with Hiroko Yamanaka. She was subsequently suspended for a year, fined $2,500 and had the belt removed. She maintains that the test result came about because of an unidentified weight-loss supplement a training partner supposedly gave her.
Nonetheless, she has this week taken full responsibility for the failed test and says that changes have been made to the personnel around her in order to ensure that the situation does not repeat itself.
“I do not condone the use of steroids by athletes and I think it is a horrible thing. I made a mistake in trusting someone in my camp and it has cost me my belt and made me look like a cheater,” she told Aaron Tru of MMA Prime TV.
“I am not a cheater - I have passed every drugs test [except this latest one] and have never used steroids knowingly…. I just made the mistake of taking something that was supposed to help me lose weight, I did not know it was steroid.
“[But] everything I take and put in my body is my responsibility. I take responsibility for the results and have publicly apologised to Hiroko, Strikeforce, the CSAC and my fans. I have eliminated certain people from my training camp. I am taking monthly drug tests at the same lab the CSAC uses, to show I do not use drugs.”
Santos also advised other fighters to be careful about using supplements, and cautioned them against seeing steroids as a short-cut. “Everything you use, you need to first ask a doctor of its good for your health and good for your body… I believe that everything I did in MMA can be erased with [this] one mistake.”
While she waits out her suspension, Santos is subjecting herself to monthly testing. This has not been mandated by the commission but is her way of trying to show that she is steroid-free and not an habitual user of performance-enhancers, something she has long been accused of by detractors and fellow female fighters.