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Cris Cyborg granted TUE, cleared to compete again

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Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino has been cleared to resume her fighting career after USADA granted her a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption earlier today.

Cyborg was notified of a potential anti-doping violation after a December 5, 2016 positive test result for Spironolactone, a banned diuretic and potential masking agent under the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy.

Per the detailed USADA release, Cyborg was allowed to apply for a retroactive TUE after an investigation into her medical history.

“After a thorough investigation of the circumstances that preceded her positive test, which included a comprehensive review of Justino’s documented medical history, USADA accepted Justino’s explanation that her use of Spironolactone began in late September, following her bout at UFC Fight Night Brasilia, and was in accordance with her physician’s recommendation for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition. Nonetheless, because Spironolactone is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, USADA advised Justino that her use of the medication without a valid TUE violated the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Accordingly, Justino applied for a TUE to authorize her use of the medication, with retroactive effect.“

Cyborg took to her official Facebook page to express her gratitude.

I am extremely happy that USADA took the time to carefully review the detailed TUE application that I submitted, and agreed that my use of the prescription has always been medically justified. I look forward to returning to the octagon as soon as possible, and proving that I am the Pound for Pound champion of WMMA. I would also like to thank my fans for their continued support, who made a very difficult time easier for me.”

Her return expedites the possibility of a title fight against newly crowned women’s featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie, in the division that was essentially built for her.

This article comes to you via @GavelPro

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Richmond, VA by way of San Juan, Puerto Rico. A long time combat sports fan, Felix has spent years covering the regional Virginia amateur and pro MMA scene. He now shifts his focus to writing about national MMA.

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