It seems like UFC Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg, and USADA is on the same page after sample collecting controversy. She claimed in a series of Tweet that police was called on the doping control agents to collect the anti-doping sample for a drug test. She has been training in Phuket Thailand with top Team for past few weeks. She said those agents were not from Thailand and didn’t have a valid visa.
Hence all the issues with Thai authorities, according to a statement by USADA, Cris Cyborg’s sample was collected without a problem and currently at a laboratory for testing.
I gave my sample without hesitation. I have no failed whereabouts in the past 12 months and wanted to maintain that despite the incident
— Shop W/ #BTC @CrisCyborg.com (@criscyborg) September 23, 2017
During collection process my team was in contact with USADA. We fully support USADA testing in an effort to keep the sport clean.
— Shop W/ #BTC @CrisCyborg.com (@criscyborg) September 24, 2017
In the past, Cris Cyborg had issues with anti-doping and USADA. In 2011, she failed the drug test due to of steroids and got a banned for one year, and her license suspended for one year and fined $2500. Last Year in December UFC notified Of USADA doping violations by strikeforce Cris Cyborg. Her team immediately came to rescue her by saying that this substance was used to recover her from the weight cut. Earlier this year in February, she was granted a Therapeutic use exemption for medical purpose and prescribed by Physician. Later her ban immediately lifted and was eligible to compete.
An inside source at USADA stated a sample collecting agency collects test sample of Cris Cyborg on behalf of USADA. Moreover, USADA is familiar with them and have used them previously. This agency followed WADA rules and guidelines for drug sample collection and was used in this situation. There might be a little difference in collecting a sample by each agency or how the conversation begins, but the procedure remains the same.
Cris Cyborg willingly gave her drug sample to the agent and was delivered successfully in the lab without any issue. According to her Tweets, it was hotel staff where she was staying who called the police authorities on her, not anyone in her team.