Cristiane Santos tested positive for stanozol after her first round knockout against Hiroko Yamanaka December 17th. She will be fined $2,500 and will be suspended by the state of California for 1 year. The championship win over Hiroko has been changed to a no-contest.
How does this affect women’s MMA? “Before Friday, Santos had been the most dominant fighter so far in the brief history of women’s mixed martial arts outside Japan.” states the USA Today. The top female MMA champion has fallen from the top and the media still sees women’s MMA as ‘brief’. Very disappointing.