Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's featherweight superstar Cristiane Justino, better known as "Cyborg," has been working vigorously to prove her innocence after failing a Untied States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test this past December. Justino insisted that she had a doctor's prescription for the banned substance and it now appears as if her efforts may pay off, as UFC president Dana White shed some light on the situation earlier today (Fri., Feb. 10, 2017).
"It's actually looking really good now," said White during a recent interview with ESPN's Brett Okamoto when asked about Justino receiving a retroactive exemption for the banned substance. "Apparently, the three [medical conditions] she has is what this medicine is used for. It's looking really good. It was looking bad for a minute, but now it's looking better. We're in a good place."
If this is the case, and the 31-year-old Brazilian is granted immunity from her failed drug test this past year, that means "Cyborg" could reenter the Octagon at her own doing sometime in the near future. Justino has made it known that her cut down to 145 pounds is absolutely daunting, but given the proper time to do so, it seems likely that the knockout queen will get the next title shot opposite the winner of Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie this weekend at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York.
"We'll have to see, but why would you not want to face Cris Cyborg?" said White about Justino getting the next UFC women's featherweight title shot. "Especially if you're Holly, you've already held that title. You had 18 titles in boxing. If she could go in and beat Cris Cyborg, you know?"
Stick with Mania as more news pertaining to "Cyborg" vs. USADA becomes available.