Strikeforce Women's 145lbs division put on hold, Cyborg stripped of the titlePosted on January 7, 2012, 08:04 AM by Anton Gurevich
In an interview with ESPN 1100 Las Vegas, UFC President Dana White revealed Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos is no longer the Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion, while women's 145lbs division is now put on hold indefinitely.
Here's the news (via BloodyElbow.com):
"We were going to hold that division and just do fights with Cyborg whenever there was a new contender. She's getting stripped of the title. I don't know. We'll see what happens."
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was more "official" in his response, claiming that Strikeforce have zero tolerance towards any use of performance-enhancing drugs. Coker also added that Cyborg has her rights according to the California law, and should not be prejudged before the administrative process is fully concluded:
“STRIKEFORCE has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos. However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs. We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies. Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”
Strikeforce always had to dig deep to find suitable contenders for the hard-hitting Brazilian, whose failed drug test could seriously affect the careers of other female MMA fighters in the Featherweight division. Cyborg Santos is expected reveal her side of the story sooner than later, as the world o Mixed Martial Arts opens 2012 with another steroid scandal.
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