Cris Cyborg granted retroactive TUE, suspension lifted

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Cris “Cyborg” Justino will not be suspended for her failed drug test.

In December, Cyborg tested positive for Spironolactone, a substance prohibited under the Diuretics and Masking Agents category, in an out-of-competition drug test and was given a provisional suspension. A statement released by USADA on Friday, however, has announced that she was given a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption and will not be serving a suspension.

According to the statement, Cyborg was undergoing treatment for an endocrine disorder and was prescribed medication by her physician that contained the banned substance. After a thorough investigation and multiple interviews, USADA concluded that Cyborg’s explanation was fair and that her positive test will not be considered a violation.

Cyborg’s treatment is likely related to her drastic weight cut for her bout against Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night Brasilia. She announced after the fight that she would be taking time off to recover from the weight cut and was even forced to decline a bout for the inaugural women’s 145-lb championship.

The full statement can be found here.

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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