MMA News: Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos Files Appeal


Former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos was suspended for one year by the California State Athletic Commission after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol following her most recent title defense.

Sports Illustrated reports that Cyborg has motioned for an appeal to the yearlong suspension, with her manager officially requesting to meet in front of the CSAC this past Monday.

Santos tested positive for the anabolic steroid prior to defending her belt against Hiroko Yamanaka; in addition to the suspensions, she was fined $2,500 by the CSAC and the result of her bout with Yamanaka was overturned to a no contest. She is eligible for license reinstatement on December 16 unless her appeal goes through.

She was also stripped of her title by Zuffa and her status on the Strikeforce is roster is currently unclear.

Santos has denied that she knowingly ingested any banned substance, explaining through her personal website that she took a supplement she was told was safe by teammates to aid in a difficult weight cut, but that it turned out to contain the performance enhancing drugs.

Santos faced Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on December 17 at the Valley View Casino in San Diego, California.

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