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Saturday, 01/07/2012, 08:40 am

MMA NEWS – Dana White Strips Cyborg Of Title And Likely Eliminates 145 Pound Division


“We were going to hold that division and just do fights with Cyborg whenever there was a new contender. She’s getting stripped of the title. This pretty much kills the division. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”

In a recent chat with ESPN UFC president Dana White announced that Cris Cyborg has been stripped of her Strikeforce title following the recent revelation that she was busted for using steroids by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

Neither should come as a surprise to MMA fans. Cyborg had been often thought to be using PED’s but without the proof of a failed drug screening many turned the other cheek and gave her the benefit of the doubt. The release issued by the CSAC yesterday confirmed the suspicions of many and as a result Dana White has stripped her of her 145 pound title.

The leading lady in women’s MMA (WMMA) has tarnished her legacy. To be found a cheater brings all of her dominance into question, especially when you consider her overly muscular frame and the brutality of her performances in the cage which saw many of her opponents bullied with strength rather than technique.

It’s important to remember where women’s MMA was before she burst onto the scene. Gina Carano was the undefeated leading lady with a world of potential, a host of fans and looks that kill. Cyborg took her out, gave Gina her very first loss and in the process all but retired Carano from active competition.

The Carano victory put Cyborg on the map, but without Gina as the leading lady, women’s MMA took a hit in the popularity department and greatly affected the sport for the next several years.

Was she cheating the whole time? And if she was, what would WMMA be right now if she had never entered into the picture? Would Gina Carano be on top still and would she be the huge mega star she was poised to be? Would she have helped push the sport, at least for women, into the main stream picture?

I think there’s a possibility here that Cyborg single handedly set back WMMA at least five-years, because when will the next Carano come around in all honesty? It’s a harsh reality to contemplate.

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