Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino, the top-order female featherweight Champion, has been notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a possible doping violation.
UFC officials said it was formally informed by the USADA of the potential violation on Thursday. It originates from an out-of-competition sample taken on Dec. 5.
Justino last battled Sept. 24, beating Lina Lansberg by TKO. The fight went on for two rounds and was a part of a UFC Fight Night in her local Brazil. Justino said she needed to cut 25 plus pounds for the battle, which was challenged at 140 pounds since the UFC didn’t have a 145-pound division at the time.
In an announcement, Justino said that she was recommended the drug, Spironolactone, to deliver hypertension and to counteract ovarian pimples after she “had an electrolyte hydroelectric unevenness” and “critical loss of potassium” following that September bout. She said that she has a past filled with sores and when she landed at the specialist she was bloated, exceptionally frail and had a low white platelet count.
Justino included that her specialist is exceptionally acquainted with USADA testing and advised her there were no extra steps she needed to take for approval of her treatment. She is applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption and is completely coordinating with USADA.
In December 2011, the 31-year-old Justino tested positive for an anabolic drug after a knockout win as the Strikeforce featherweight champion. She accused the positive test on a diet supplement she accepted from a former coach.
Justino (17-1) made her UFC debut in May, beating Leslie Smith in just 81 seconds at UFC 198. Four months later, she did the same with Lansberg.
Earlier this month, the UFC passed over Justino for the first 145-pound female fight in its history. She was saddened and disrespected by the UFC’s decision to book Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie instead.