Written by: Karim Zidan
After a disappointing positive test result halted the dominance that is ‘Cyborg’ Santos, the former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion attempted to appeal the suspension and fine, but, like previous fighters in similar scenarios, failed to alter the commission’s original verdict.
Santos (10–1 ) tested positive for Stanozolol metabolites following her first title defense in over a year, and her win over Hiroko Yamanaka was changed to a no-contest. She was also stripped of her title by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. It was a damaging blow to the champ, who had been kept out of the Strikeforce cage due to stalled contract negotiations and a lack of significant opposition.
After giving an emotional public apology to the entire MMA community, Santos announced that she would attempt to shorten the length of her suspension by appealing the CSAC’s decision, which led to her and her lawyer coming before the commission this afternoon in Sacramento, California.
After some consideration from the commission, the appeal was swiftly denied, cementing the decision to uphold the original suspension.
Santos will now have to serve the remainder of her suspension before she can get a chance to fight again in Strikeforce.