Welcome to Frank Pozen's Big Bad Blog. A lot of folks have been asking me to update them about my recovery. So I thought I would start a blog primarily to do that but also to talk about other topics of interest including the wrestling business and whatever else I can think of. I plan to update this on a regular basis so check back and leave a comment if you wish.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Will Cris Cyborg appeal her suspension?
So the big news last night was that Cris Cyborg was suspended for a year and fined $2500 by the California State Athletic Commission for testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. Her Dec. 17 win over HIROKO has been declared a no contest. Dana White said on a couple of radio shows last night that she will be stripped of her title belt. What fans need to remember is that Cris is still under contract to Strikeforce and she has the right to appeal the decision. They can't just cancel her contract. She hasn't said anything yet but I would be very surprised if there was no appeal. Some fans may recall that back in 2008 when she was first supposed to come to the US to fight for EliteXC, she postponed twice and the reason given was visa issues. I already knew about Cris and suspected at the time that she was using steroids. But use of those drugs can be cycled to avoid detection by a standard drug test. So if she was using for that length of time and got caught now, it means that someone messed up her cycle. I'm sure she wasn't aware of it. The usual appeal defense for steroid use is the drug was prescribed by a physician to rehab an injury. And Cris has had recurring shoulder problems. I'm sure that will be very controversial but remember where you read it first. It's possible that the suspension could be reduced. I do believe that this is the end of the Strikeforce 145lb division. There aren't enough fighters for that division. But Strikeforce could start a 125lb division around Tara LaRosa. Well, that's what I would do. Is Cris Cyborg's MMA career over? She may be finished in California and possibly Strikeforce but the answer is no. Remember when Carina Damm flunked a drug test and was suspended for a year in 2008? She had two fights in Brazil while she was under suspension. Steroids are not a big deal internationally compared to North America. Drug tests are not done in Brazil, Japan or anywhere else. So if Cris Cyborg's Strikeforce contract is cancelled, I fully expect her to continue fighting in Brazil and probably elsewhere. There are promoters who will ignore the suspension and pay a premium for her. So if she wants to fight, there's no question that there will be a demand for her. On the other hand, she has expressed interest in having children. So she may decide to retire to motherhood. The big question is will she appeal the suspension?