Unfortunate news for women's MMA ... and Strikeforce ... and Showtime ... and Zuffa.
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) today issued a press release announcing as much:
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Cristiane Justino Santos, better known in MMA circles as Cris Cyborg, and has fined her $2,500 as the result of a positive test for a banned substance.
Santos' December 16, 2011 drug test came back positive for stanozolol metabolites. CSAC learned of the test results December 23, 2011 and suspended Santos's license, with the suspension applied retroactively to December 16, 2011. In accordance with Rule 368, the result of her last fight between Hiroko Yamanaka will be changed to a "No Decision".
"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 has been dealing black eyes to opponents since 2005. Now she's dealt one to both herself and the promotion she works for. Considering the fact that she won the Strikeforce women's featherweight championship back in 2009, besting the face of women's MMA at the time, Gina Carano, who left MMA immediately after and hasn't been back since, this calls nearly everything into question.
Has she been using her entire career and she just now got caught? This is a legitimate question now, especially considering the nature of her victories. Her victories over Carano, Jan Finney and Yamanaka were especially brutal, cringe-inducing displays of violence.
And now there's a cloud that will forever hang over each bout.
There are other issues to consider here that extend far beyond the past and into the future, namely, whether or not Strikeforce has reason enough to continue with the women's 145-pound division.
"Cyborg" was so dominant during her reign that challengers to her title were so few and far between she went an entire year without fighting simply because they didn't have anyone to match her up against.
And by the time they did, Santos disposed of her in just 16 seconds.
There was talk when Strikeforce signed its new deal with Showtime that the women's featherweight division should go away altogether they should simply merge all weights for a 140-pound, all encompassing division. That idea was summarily dismissed.
Now? Who knows what's going to happen.
Any ideas, Maniacs?