The UFC announced on Thursday that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified Cris Cyborg of a potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test administered on december 5.
The question now will be whether or not Cyborg's medical treatment is deemed acceptable within the guidelines of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited substances and methods guidelines to which it adheres.
"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", the UFC said in a statement.
Cris "Cyborg" Justino on Thursday countered news of a potential UFC Anti-Doping Violation by claiming that the issue stemmed from illness and medically monitored recovery from a brutal weight-cut in September.
Dana White doesn't seem too confident Cyborg Justino will beat new doping allegations. telling TMZ Sports he smelled something fishy recently when she turned down multiple fight offers. While the recent developments of Justino's status as a clean fighter in MMA are surely to take a toll on her career, they take an even bigger hit on the UFC's plans moving forward.
Cris Cyborg Blames Potential Anti-Doping Violation on Weight-Cut
UFC STAR CRISTIANE "CYBORG' Justino has been hit with a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, it was today confirmed". We don't know what she tested positive for, leaving folks to either give her the benefit of the doubt, or assume the worst of a fighter who's tested positive for anabolic steroids in the past. The UFC raised eyebrows when it announced earlier this month that the inauguaral UFC women's featherweight title would be awarded to the victor of Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamine at UFC 208.
"Not for a steroid, and she has a prescription as part of the post fight therapy she's been receiving due to the severe weight cut", Elbe wrote.
Justino herself also spoke with MMAFighting.com and said the violation was brought on by legitimate medical treatment she is now undergoing. "I'm not a [doctor] and so I don't know the specifics of the prescription and the treatment goal of each ingredient, but this treatment process is the reason Cris turned down a fight February 11, as her [doctor] said the three cuts in eight months were damaging her body".
Central to Justino's argument, Elbe said, is the difficulty the Brazilian-born slugger found in a pair of 2016 weight cuts down to 140 pounds, which saw Justino pick up victories over Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg. Everybody knows I'm sick.