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Lyoto Machida says he didn’t know substance was banned, because USADA failed to educate properly

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Lyoto Machida is a man known to carefully choose his words. So on the rare occasion the former UFC light heavyweight champion issues a strong opinion in public, it’s going to garner attention.

Several days after learning that he has been suspended 18 months by USADA for taking the banned substance 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) prior to a scheduled April fight with Dan Henderson, Machida is still upset with his penalty.

In his first interview since he was first flagged for the violation, Machida says he is disappointed and the process was not a fair one.

“When the UFC brought USADA in, I thought it was to instruct and educate all the fighters,” Machida said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “But instead they came in to punish in a very unreasonable fashion.

“I want to say that I’m very disappointed in USADA. I think it is all extremely unfair. I take the blame for taking 7-keto. It was banned substance, since I bought it over the counter at a supplement store, when it stated on its label 60 vegetarian capsules.”

Machida is pointing the finger at USADA for what he considers to be an insufficient amount of information on what is and isn’t banned, saying he wasn’t even made aware of what was and wasn’t banned until after he got in trouble.

“For me, USADA didn’t give us proper instruction, and I think they failed in giving us an education about everything,” Machida said. “So, they only sent me a proper list of banned supplements after they decided on my suspension, so they sent me maybe two-to-three days later, they sent me the list of the supplements so I could understand everything. But before it was where it was supposed to be, it didn’t happen.”

Further, given that USADA has been seemingly inconsistent with its ….View full article

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