UFC’s Cris Cyborg notified of potential anti-doping violation

Cris Cyborg, the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion who fought for the UFC twice in 2016, was notified this week about a potential anti-doping violation, the promotion announced on Thursday afternoon.

Cyborg was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of the potential violation which stems from an out-of-competition sample collection on Dec. 5.

The UFC’s release added:

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Cyborg previously had a win overturned in Dec. 2011 after testing positive for stanozolol. She was the Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion at the time of her failed drug test.

The bout was overturned to a no contest and Cyborg was stripped of the title.

Cyborg was reportedly offered a shot at the UFC featherweight title at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, but she declined the offer with hopes of having the bout re-scheduled for early March in order to give her time to make weight.

The UFC decided to go a different direction and scheduled the inaugural women’s featherweight championship bout between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie for the Feb. 11 event.

We will update you with more information as it becomes available.

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