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Cris Cyborg tested positive for diuretic, facing one-year USADA suspension

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Cris Cyborg did not test positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The top UFC female fighter said in a statement Thursday on Facebook that her failed USADA drug test was due to a diuretic called spironolactone. USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden confirmed that Cyborg did indeed test positive for that drug, which is banned in- and out-of-competition under the UFC’s anti-doping policy and the WADA Code.

A diuretic is considered a specified substance in the UFC’s anti-doping policy, which means Cyborg is facing at least a one-year suspension from USADA.

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Post #1   12/22/16 8:14:11PM   

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Her facebook post,


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) 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 weight limit Sept 24 that my body is needing the on-going medical treatment.

I am glad the UFC has created the 145lbs division and look forward to fighting for the belt once my body is recovered and ready to compete. Additional information or statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Post #2   12/22/16 8:17:34PM   

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So; if I was a delivery driver and my boss said not to smoke weed because being high could endanger others while I drive, but my doctor said to smoke weed to treat my ptsd, then would I be fired if I failed a drug test?

Diuretics are banned inside and outside of competition, if she needed the drug she should also have applied for a TUE. Otherwise, to recover from a tough weight cut it takes time, water, and rest. I am all for Cyborg being the FW champ, uncrowded and screwed over by the UFC for years...but you can't take banned substances. This is twice, with me you only get one chance.

Post #3   12/22/16 11:40:22PM   

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She knew it was banned, her Dr. knew it was banned, accept your punishment and move on. She welcomes the testing, then questions what's banned when everyone, including you and me can see whats banned? Get real. I know she has hard time cutting weight, but if my boss says don't do something, or I'll fire you, I don't do it.

Post #4   12/23/16 1:37:14AM   

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What ever little credibility she had she just lost.

Post #5   12/23/16 6:00:02AM   

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The dangers of extreme weight cutting.

Yeah.

Either find some place that has a 155 or 165 division, or stop lifting so heavy all the time.

Post #6   12/23/16 8:14:10AM   

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, Now she can fight in whatever weight class she wants.

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Post #8   12/23/16 3:58:08PM   

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I called it lol

Post #9   12/23/16 4:21:08PM