Invicta Fighting Championships wants to make sure their fighters are “on a level playing field.”
Days it was announced that former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos had signed with the promotion; Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp announced that the promotion would be using drug testing for their future events. The drug testing will start at Invicta FC 5 on April 5 and fighters will be tested at random on the night before the event.
I think this is a smart move on Invicta’s part. Knapp did say that performance enhancing drugs are a problem in mixed martial arts and it is only fair that women competitors get tested like the men. One well-known case of a woman fighter testing positive for PEDs was Santos after she her fight with Hiroko Yamanaka back in 2011.
According to MMAJunkie.com, Invicta FC had been planning to implement the drug testing weeks before the signing of Cyborg.
With the random drug testing in place, Santos could find a chance for redemption. If she were to win her fight against Ediene Gomes at Invicta FC 5, and come up clean on her drug tests, it would be a sort of new beginning of her career. If she were to fail the drug test then she might have to start back at square one.
This is not just for Santos, but for any fighter who is comes up dirty on their test.
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