News has broken that Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation. There were no substances named in the violation to cause a potential violation. UFC officials made the announcement today that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) noted a “potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out of competition sample collection on December 5, 2016.”
This is not Justino’s first issue with doping violations. In December of 2011, Justino defeated Hiroko Yamanaka in a Strikeforce featherweight championship defense. Following that bout, Justino tested positive for stanozol, which resulted in her being stripped of the title and the bout being deemed a no-contest. She was also fined and suspended for one year, but never fought in Strikeforce again.
Justino has reeled off 17 straight wins following a submission loss in her fighting debut. She scored two of those victories in UFC in 2016, winning at UFC 198 in Brazil over Leslie Smith then defeating Lina Lansberg at Fight Night 95.
Justino has also been at the center of debate since the UFC created a women’s featherweight championship and did not include her in the inaugural title bout. As with all anti-doping violations, Justino will be afforded a full, fair legal review process of her case before any punishment is handed down.
More commentary on this tonight on Around the Ring.