Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) headliner and current Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane Justino was notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation on Thursday, according to UFC.com.
Just what her biggest rival (and part-time homicide detective) needs ... more ammunition!
The promotion’s official statement:
The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on December 5, 2016.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.
Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Not a good look.
Justino, of course, will be afforded due process and is likely to have her “B” sample tested to corroborate — or refute — the initial findings. The most likely scenario is a suspension from mixed martial arts (MMA).
For the second time.
“Cyborg” ran into trouble with California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) after murdering Hiroko Yamanaka back in 2011, returning a positive drug test for stanozolol metabolites (more on that here).
I guess we can forget about that 145-pound title fight ... at least for the foreseeable future.