Cris Cyborg Denies Claims She Is Refusing To Participate In Anti-Doping Drug Tests

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 28, 2022

    Reigning Bellator MMA featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg has refuted claims from division contender, Cat Zingano that she is refusing to participate in anti-doping drug testing, as the pair attempt to secure a championship clash later this year.

    Earlier this year, promotional president, Scott Coker confirmed that the organization would attempt to book an undisputed featherweight title clash between division best, Cyborg, and the #2 ranked, Zingano – for an event yet to be determined by the organization.

    However, with the championship bout yet to materialize, the aforenoted former UFC bantamweight championship chaser, Zingano posted on her official Twitter account, that she had heard Cyborg had refused to undergo anti-doping drug testing.

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    “Hearing @criscyborg is refusing to drug test,” Cat Zingano tweeted.

    In a swift response to Zingano, decorated Curitiba champion, Cyborg refuted Zingano’s claims, and insisted she was ready to defend her featherweight title against her next.

    “Cat (Zingano) why are you lying?” Cris Cyborg tweeted. “I haven’t refused any drug tests. I’m ready whenever you are. Behind the scenes you keep saying to Bellator you need more time to prepare for me, you need a different opponent first, now you go on social media with lies and smear campaigns and excuses? Sad.”

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    Dominant Bellator featherweight best, Cyborg, is also a former undisputed UFC, Invicta FC, and Strikeforce featherweight champion, and since her January 2020 move to the Coker-led banner, Cyborg has embarked on a four-fight winning run.

    First dethroning champion, Julia Budd, Cyborg then scored a trio of successful title defense against Arlene Blencowe, Leslie Smith, and most recently, stopped Sinead Kavanagh with first round strikes at Bellator 271 in November. 

    12-4 as a professional, Minnesota native, Zingano has managed to land two promotional wins since her move to Bellator back in 2020. 

    Taking a promotional debut win over Gabby Holloway, Zingano then earned the #2 rank in the official featherweight pile with a first round armbar win over Olivia Parker.

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