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Lyoto Machida Releases Statement Disagreeing with 18-Month Suspension

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Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida has accepted a lengthy suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but that doesn’t mean he agrees with it.

USADA announced on Wednesday that Machida had accepted an 18-month suspension for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a prohibited substance and subsequently testing positive for the use of that substance.

The violation stems from an April 8, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection prior to UFC on FOX 19. Machida declared the use of a product containing 7‐keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7‐keto‐DHEA) on his sample collection paperwork and tested positive for it. 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.

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Following the news of his suspension, Machida released the following statement on Friday via his Facebook page:

I received a suspension from USADA with my head held up high, even though I don’t agree with it.

I reiterate that I never had any problem in all my career and always collaborated with USADA. I hoped that the fact that I spontaneously declared which substance I ingested would be taken into consideration. I have always been an honest and transparent person, something that I learned since a young age from my father Yoshizo.

The supplement I took, 7-Keto, can be sold anywhere, which reforces the fact that it’s not used for performance enhancement. As I said before, I took it to lower stress levels, as I was coming off two losses and had not fought in some time. By no means did I imagine that the substance could be banned by USADA. The information relayed to the athletes ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly