The best fighter in women’s MMA, Cris Cyborg, appeared recently an Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and discussed the retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption she recently received from USADA, as well as the widespread perception that she has benefitted from doping.
In 2011 she was suspended for a year after testing positive for Stanozolol. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey cited that as a reason she didn’t want the superfight.
“Ronda before, she speaked so much about me, and she tried to ruin my name and speak a lot of things,” said Cyborg as transcribed by Chuck Mindenhall for MMA Fighting. “And I think five years she was doing this, because she wanted to avoid fighting me. And she tried make bad my name and that there was no need to fight me. But everybody can now see the reality. She lost her two fights, and didn’t come back until after one year after the loss to Holly Holm.
“Obviously I’m going to have haters. Man, I got to say I love my haters because they challenge myself…it challenges me. It challenges me to be better. It challenges me to show who I am, and that I deserve to be who I am.”
Cyborg said she was confident she would be exonerated this time, but wished fans would hold fighters innocent until proven guilty.
“It was a tough time, but I knew I did nothing wrong, I had not cheated,” she said. “I lost a lot of public appearances, I lost sponsors, during the two-month investigation. But I’m happy, everything’s great now, and I have to say thank you to my team, to my lawyer, thank you to Jeff Novitzy who works for UFC who helped me and my team go through everything in the process.”
“People judge before. The problem is that some media, they don’t know what’s going on. And a guy like Joe Rogan, who has six million followers [on Twitter], and these guys say I cheated and that I’m going to be banned for life, and then people believe that. People don’t wait to see the results, they judge.”“I was really stressed about everything, because I did a mistake one time in my life, and then I learned a lot of things about this mistake,” she said. “And the one thing I learned the first time, just some people stay with you. This time,
“I was really stressed about everything, because I did a mistake one time in my life, and then I learned a lot of things about this mistake,. And the one thing I learned the first time, just some people stay with you. This time, same thing. These are the people I really trust, who stay with me, and I appreciate everyone.”