BREAKING: Cyborg flagged for USADA violation, her rep comments on likely reason, Dana White responds

By Wade Keller, MMATorch editor

Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (photo credit Jason da Silva © USA Today Sports)

Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino has been flagged for an out-of-competition anti-doping violation y the USADA. She hasn’t failed a drug test since 2011.

Cyborg’s rep and boyfriend, Ray Elbe, wrote on The Underground Forum that, while they don’t know what substance was flagged, they believe it was from a treatment she received for her grueling weight cut leading to her Sept. 24 victory at UFC Fight Night 95.

“Cris had issues with her kidneys and blood pressure and that’s part of a prescription she’s been seeking for therapy,” Elbe wrote. “Cris’ [doctor] works with several Olympic and UFC athletes who are also under USADA testing and this was part of the treatment given to her the Monday after the weigh ins. Cris has not misused the prescription and has been assisting USADA with every request. I’m not a [doctor] and so I don’t know the specifics of the prescription and the treatment purpose of each ingredient, but this treatment process is the reason Cris turned down a fight Feb. 11, as her [doctor] said the three cuts in eight months were damaging her body.”

Dana White told TMZ that this is a situation for USADA to handle. “First of all, I was offering these fights at 145 pounds. First fight she had eight weeks to get ready, the second fight she had 11 weeks, and the third fight she just turned down. I thought it was strange she was turning down all these fights. Not so strange now.” He said it’s weird and funny how it works out. He said making the 145 fight for the inaugural title without Cyborg was a “perfect” move in retrospect.

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