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Is Cris Cyborg On Steroids? (Revealed)

Tracy Thompson
Published by Tracy Thompson
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: April 20, 2022

Cris Cyborg tested positive for banned substances for the second time in 2017, which raised suspicions that she is still on steroids.

As a fitness trainer, I've worked with female clients who were given diuretics to help them lose weight quickly. So, assuming Cris is a clean athlete, I spent two months scouring her recent photos and videos for any physical signs of steroid use.

In this article, I will reveal my findings, so keep reading until the end to find out if Cris is still using illegal substances.

Let's begin.

Quick Summary

  • Cris was banned from competing in women's MMA for the second time due to a positive drug test, which sparked controversy over whether she is still using steroids.
  • Cris was granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE), however, many MMA fans still question her vicious fighting skills inside the cage.
  • Cris's body transformation has shown some physical signs of drug use, and her positive tests for Stanozolol and Spironolactone confirm drug use.

Is Cris Cyborg Taking Steroids?

Cris may probably be taking steroids today because her tests yielded a positive drug test in 2011 and 2017 [1].

Although, we can't say anything for sure because since Cris joined Bellator in 2019, there have never been any reports of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter being subjected to doping analysis.

Furthermore, former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been very upfront with the media about Cris' failed drug test, resulting in some fighters refusing to compete against Cyborg.

While watching Cris fight against other women, I noticed her vicious fighting skills and lean muscles, suggesting drug use.

Why Do People Believe Cris Took Illegal Substances?

Cris' physique exhibits very lean muscle mass that can be attributed to taking illegal substances. However, there are other reliable signs of drug use, which I looked into in her pictures and videos while doing my research.

Extreme Vascularity

Muscle contractions enhance blood flow, causing veins to seem more prominent. But, if you notice veins protruding when they're resting, they're probably on a banned substance. While looking at Cris' photos and fight videos, I didn't see any large veins popping out from her arms [2].

Fast Bulking Process

Many athletes can gain massive muscle mass when combining anabolic steroids with strength training. After watching several of her videos, I discovered she didn't have dramatic weight gain but instead reduced it to match the requirements for her bouts [3].

Low Body Fat Percentage

In some cases, lean muscles and a low body fat percentage may indicate drug use. Despite having a low body fat of 3 to 4 percent throughout Cris' battles, Cris was assumed to have around 15 percent body fat, suggesting that she's not currently on prohibited drugs [4] [5].

Cyborg's Current Stats

  • Age: 36 years old (July 9, 1985)
  • Height: 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm)
  • Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
  • Body Fat Percentage: approx. 15 percent

Can Cyborg's Fighting Abilities Be Acquired Solely Through Diet And Exercise?

Cyborg's viscous MMA fighting abilities, which display power, strength, and agility, may have been assisted by the use of prescribed substances, a proper diet, and intense training.

"I am glad the UFC has created the 145 (pound) division and look forward to fighting for the belt once my body is recovered and ready to compete.” - C. Cyborg

Anyone can gain muscle strength and power by consuming 500 to 700 calories at breakfast, primarily carbs, followed by a high protein diet with a small amount of fat at lunch and dinner.

Furthermore, dedicating an hour or two of intense workouts five to six days a week can increase your muscle strength and power output.

However, if you want to hasten your progress while still being clean, you can use legal bulking stacks made from herbs, vitamins, and minerals that are designed to raise the body's testosterone levels.

Was Cris Tested Positive For Steroids?

Cris tested positive for Stanozolol in 2011, resulting in a one-year suspension, a $2500 fine, and the California State Athletic Commission declaring her last fight, a first-round knockout win over Hiroko Yamanaka, a "no decision" [6].

Moreover, she was caught using a steroid masking agent in 2017 and was barred from competing for a year and stripped of promotions and other opportunities [7].

FAQs

Did Cyborg Admit To Taking A Banned Substance?

The Brazilian MMA Bellator has admitted on several occasions that she only used Stanozolol in 2011 and Spironolactone in 2017 to aid her in cutting weight, not for added strength or muscle mass.

Has Cyborg Ever Been Banned For Using Steroids?

Cris has been banned for a year after testing positive for a banned substance in 2011. She also received a year-long suspension due to a positive drug test in 2017. However, after two months of investigations, she was found not guilty and was given a retroactive TUE [8].

Final Verdict: Is Cyborg Using Steroids?

Based on my research, Cyborg doesn't have physical signs of steroid use. Although she has taken Stanozolol and Spironolactone, which are banned substances under WADA (World Anti Doping Agency), this does not prove she is still using steroids.

Anyone can lose excess pounds through proper diet and exercise. It may, however, take a longer time than if you take substances that accelerate fat loss, so I recommend that my clients use safe and natural alternatives to steroids.

These have helped me quickly gain lean muscle by improving my workout performance, which has led to rapid fat loss. You may try it as well!


References:

  1. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2751449-why-isnt-cris-cyborg-the-huge-star-she-should-be
  2. https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/japplphysiol.00151.2004
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10589853/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5054608/
  5. https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/5/6/11607552/the-weight-list-cris-cyborg-cut-why-the-mountain-
  6. https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2016/12/cris-cyborg-justino-notified-of-potential-anti-doping-violation
  7. https://www.foxsports.com/ufc/story/cris-cyborg-issues-statement-banned-substance-resulted-positive-drug-test-122216
  8. https://nypost.com/2017/02/18/anti-doping-agency-clears-cyborg-to-fight-again/

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