Despite claims she had no knowledge she was using an illegal substance, only taking a dietary supplement a teammate had recommended to her, former Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane Santos will still be sidelined until the end of the year due to a suspension stemming from steroid use. â€œCyborgâ€ tested positive for Stanozolol after a successful title-defense this past December against Hiroko Yamanaka.
Santos appealed her twelve-month suspension in front of the CSAC on Monday, hoping to see the athletic commission it cut in half, but was denied by the regulatory board.
â€œI want to thank all my fans, friends, coaches, legal counsel, (and) sponsors who are with me. Unfortunately we could not reduce my penalty. Iâ€™m sad â€¦ But after a storm in the morning see the sun shine,â€ wrote Santos on her Facebook page.
After her initial positive hit the 26-year old was handed her mandatory vacation in addition to being fined, stripped of her belt, and forced to watch a sixteen-second victory over Yamanaka turned into a No Contest. She will be able to apply for a new license in California on December 17.
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