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Lyoto Machida Accepts 18-Month Ban For PED Use

Written by Tom Ngo
November 16th, 2016
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UFC Lyoto Machida

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (pictured) has admitted he’s a cheata – I mean, cheater.

On Wednesday, Machida accepted an 18-month suspension, retroactive to his April 8, 2016 out-of-competition drug test, from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

When the USADA randomly showed up at his door, Machida admitted to the sample collector that he had taken a product containing an illegal substance. Machida was immediately pulled from his April 16 scrap with Dan Henderson.

Machida subsequently flunked the drug test for a banned substance, which the USADA revealed in today’s report to be 7‐keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7‐keto‐DHEA), a hormonal supplement.

Here is the USADA’s complete announcement:

USADA announced today that UFC athlete, Lyoto Machida, of Salvador, Brazil, has accepted an 18-month sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a prohibited substance and subsequently testing positive for the use of that substance.

During an out-of-competition test conducted on April 8, 2016, Machida, 38, declared the use of a product containing 7‐keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7‐keto‐DHEA) on his sample collection paperwork. 7‐keto‐DHEA is a prohibited substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List. Upon notice from USADA of his potential violation, Machida immediately confirmed his use of the product, which listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient, and fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida’s sample was analyzed at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory and reported to USADA for an elevated 7β-hydroxy-DHEA to DHEA ratio, which is consistent with his declared use of a prohibited substance.

Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased depending on the athlete’s level of fault for the anti-doping policy violation. The UFC Anti-Doping Policy further provides that the prompt admission of an anti-doping policy violation may also be considered a mitigating factor in determining an appropriate sanction. Here, based on the circumstances of Machida’s violation, USADA determined that a reduction to 18-months from the standard two-year period of ineligibility was justified.

Machida’s 18-month period of ineligibility began on April 8, 2016, the date his positive sample was collected and he declared his use of a prohibited substance.

Machida, who turns 39 this May, has dropped three of his past four fights, including two straight. “The Dragon” hasn’t posted a win since TKO’ing C.B. Dollaway in December 2014.

See you in October 2017, Lyoto.

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