Cyborg Reportedly Tests Positive For Banned DiureticPublished on December 23rd, 2016 4:54 pm EST
Earlier this week, Cris Cyborg and her camp were informed about a potential USADA violation that may keep her out of action for a while.
According to reports, Cyborg tested positive for the banned diuretic Spironolactone and is now facing a suspension of up to one year. Cyborg and her camp have responded to the positive test, arguing that she needed the diuretic after a particularly tough weight cut and that it was necessary to thin out some very thick blood.
According to Cyborg's camp, Cyborg's doctor was in constant contact with USADA and did not inform her team that she would need a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) to continue using the drug. It sounds as though Cyborg and her team are going to attempt to lay the blame at the feet of her doctor in order to lessen her suspension - according to some, Cyborg is looking at a one year suspension but may be able to negotiate this down to just six months, which would mean that she would be out for only a very short period of time.
This all comes at a terrible time for Cyborg, who has seen her stock drop considerably in the eyes of the UFC over the past couple of weeks.
According to UFC President Dana White, Cyborg was offered a chance to fight in the inaugural Women's Featherweight title fight but turned the opportunity down. Cyborg said that she is still recovering from a tough weight cut and wouldn't have been able to be physically ready in time. Instead, Holly Holm will be squaring off against Germaine de Randamie in the main event of UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York, with the winner being named the first Women's Featherweight champion.
The plan was obviously to have Cyborg fight the winner of this fight, though things have changed now as a result of Cyborg's apparent issues with USADA. With Cyborg possibly being sidelined for up to a year, she may miss out on her chance to fight the winner of Holm/de Randamie for the Women's Featherweight title.
This is obviously a big mess, as the 145 pound Women's division was essentially created entirely for Cyborg.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Even if Cyborg's doctor ends up taking the blame, there is no doubt that this episode will have significantly hurt Cyborg's stock.
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