Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino has issued a length statement via her Instagram account following yesterday’s news of a failed drug test that had was flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on December 5 2016.
In the statement Justino (17-1-1) revealed that she had tested positive for the drug Spironolactone which is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.
According to reports the 31-year old Brazilian who has been undefeated for over a decade can expect to receive a 12 month suspension for the offence.
Cyborg’s full statement reads:
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I have been notified today by USADA of a potential violation stemming from an Out of Competition Sample collected Dec. 5 2016. USADA is an independent administrator of the UFC Anti Doping policy and will be responsible for the review and any sanctioning if imposed. It has been brought to my attention that my recent sample contained a banned substance known as Spironolactone. The substance is part of a therapeutic treatment being administered to me by doctor that started the 26th of September and is suppose to last for a period of no less than 90 days, requiring blood exams at the completion. In addition to the treatment administered to me by Dr Ulyssea M Da C O Pinto (CRM-PR19062/CRM-RJ 30150-9/CRM SC 2740/ CRM -RO 2630) I was given a medical suspension by her not to enter into competition style training or weight cutting practices during the period of recovery. It is for those reasons why I declined the UFC fight Feb. 11th 2016 for the first 145lbs belt. I am proud to be a member of USADA, and was the first fighter to complete 1 year of testing under USADA programs before competing in UFC competition. I have been tested 14 times since entering the program, twice in Q4 in 2016 and have never had a flagged sample. My Dr. is experienced with USADA testing and informed me there were no additional steps needed for approval with the associated treatments given to me following my UFC Brasilia fight. we are being fully cooperating with USADA at this time and have already started the process of applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption. For my fans who are disappointed in the news, I am sorry. You can feel confident that the substance they are inquiring about is not for performance enhancing use, and is needed for my specific treatments. (International Medical Codes CID E 87.6, CID 87.8, CID E 44.0, CID N 83.2, CID 115.9, CID Z73.3 CID E 06.3) Sept. 24. Feel confident that I am a clean athlete. It is my hope that my experiences will continue to bring awareness to the dangers of extreme weight cutting. I cut weight 3 times in 8 months during 2016 competing twice at 140lbs. It is because of the measures needed to make the required 140lbs
At the time of writing this report Invicta featherweight champion has been temporarily suspended until her case can be brought before the relevant authorities but MMA Plus will keep up to date with this story as we get it.