“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey Glad Cyborg Santos Got Caught Using Steroids

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“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey joined other female mixed martial artists that have publicly responded to news that Chris “Cyborg” Santos tested positive for anabolic steroids. Gina “Crush” Carano and Rosi “The Surgeon” Sexton have previously discussed the issue of steroids by Santos.

Santos was stripped of her “Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight” title after a WADA-accredited laboratory found Winstrol metabolites in her doping urinalysis administered before her fight against Hiroko Yamanaka in December 2011.

Santos was the top ranked female MMA fighter in the world participating in the 136-145 pound Featherweight class according to the Unified Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Rankings

Ronda Rousey had been ranked the number two female MMA fighter in this category. Many fans had hoped to see a match between #1-ranked Santos and #2-ranked Rousey. The Winstrol positive destroyed the likelihood of that happening at least in the near future.

Now that Santos has been kicked out of the sport for a year due to her use of steroids, it will move Rousey up to the #1-ranked position.

Rousey joined the chorus of commentators who are not surprised that Santos was using anabolic steroids. Rousey believed it was obvious that Santos used steroids due to her overly muscular physique.

“I feel like anyone with half a brain isn’t surprised,” she said during an appearance on “The MMA Show with Mauro Ranallo”. “I have mixed emotions of Cyborg being caught cheating because I know everyone knew she was cheating and I wanted to make an example of her because you don’t need to take steroids to win. I think her getting caught is a great thing too.”

Rousey admitted that she never respected Santos because she always knew she was a cheater.

“I don’t have the least bit respect for her because I always knew she was a cheater, and now everyone else knows too.”

Rousey won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics becoming the first American to win a medal since women’s judo was added as an Olympic sport in 1992. She only recently made her MMA debut in August 2010. She has gone undefeated with a 4-0 record. She was voted the 2011 Female Fighter of the Year , Female Featherweight of the Year and Female Newcomer of the Year at the 2011 MMA Awards.

 "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey

Photo credit: @rondarousey / twitter


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