Cyborg cleared to return

February 17, 2017

USADA has granted Cris “Cyborg” Justino a retroactive exemption after a December 2016 out-of-competition test discovered a banned diuretic in her system.

Justino will now be next in line to face newly crowned featherweight division champ Germaine de Randamie.

The drug which Justino’s test was flagged for spironolactone, which was to treat fertility issues according to the Brazilian fighter.

From the USADA release:

Upon notice of her positive test, Justino immediately identified a medication prescribed by her physician for the treatment of a common endocrine disorder as the source of the prohibited substance detected in her sample. She also participated in multiple interviews with USADA’s investigative team and consented to USADA interviewing her physician as well.

After a thorough investigation of the circumstances that preceded her positive test, which included a comprehensive review of Justino’s documented medical history, USADA accepted Justino’s explanation that her use of Spironolactone began in late September, following her bout at UFC Fight Night Brasilia, and was in accordance with her physician’s recommendation for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition. Nonetheless, because Spironolactone is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, USADA advised Justino that her use of the medication without a valid TUE violated the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Accordingly, Justino applied for a TUE to authorize her use of the medication, with retroactive effect.

Justino could have faced a 2-year suspension.

Payout Perspective:

All indications looked as though this was going to happen.  Dana White made public statements about Cyborg possibly returning soon.  Fortunately, she can come back immediately.  Look for her to face de Randamie for the featherweight title.  Of course, if she is unable to go due to her hand injury, the UFC will have to find a suitable opponent in the feather weight division.

3 Responses to “Cyborg cleared to return”

  1. d on February 17th, 2017 4:13 PM

    USADA has lost all respect. She should be banned, yet they are letting her compete while cheating. What’s the point of USADA? Suspend only those who can’t draw big numbers?

    What about Nevada? What’s their take on this or any other major state athletic commission? They should prevent her from fighting in their states.

  2. TOPS E on February 18th, 2017 12:00 AM

    Ufc is desperate hahahahaha

  3. dave lebold on February 19th, 2017 12:35 AM

    USADA gave Frank Mir a TUE for Adderall. We only know this because Nevada denied it. How many fighters currently have TUE’s?

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