Some major news surfaced in the mixed martial arts world on Friday afternoon.
UFC star Cris Cyborg has been cleared by USADA for a possible anti-doping violation. Cyborg initially tested positive for Spironolactone, a diuretic and masking agent which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List that the UFC Anti-Doping Policy follows.
Cyborg was granted a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) which clears her of any wrongdoing, according to USADA’s official statement.
From the statement:
In the case of Justino, the application for a TUE was granted because the athlete had an unequivocally diagnosed chronic medical condition for which the use of Spironolactone is the appropriate standard of care. Further, it was determined that the athlete and her medical team pursued and exhausted all non-prohibited alternatives and that the low dose of the medication is consistent with best medical practice to treat her condition and would return the athlete to a normal state of health without providing a performance-enhancing benefit.
Cyborg’s suspension is now lifted and she is eligible to return to the Octagon as soon as a fight is booked.
Recently, the UFC introduced a women’s featherweight division and crowned the inaugural champion, Germaine de Randamie, at UFC 208 earlier this month in Brooklyn.
De Randamie acknowledged she needed time off to heal from a hand injury, but as soon as she is ready to return you have to imagine Cyborg will get the next crack at the UFC title.
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