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USADA responds in detail to Lyoto Machida’s criticism of suspension

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Lyoto Machida is not happy with the length of his suspension.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion spoke out about his 18-month ban from USADA on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Machida, who admitted to the use of a banned substance in April, found the sanction to be “unfair” and “unreasonable.” He said it was clear that he did not intentionally take a prohibited substance and that USADA did not educate him sufficiently prior to his anti-doping violation.

“When the UFC brought USADA in, I thought it was to instruct and educate all the fighters,” Machida said. “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. I [didn’t know] it was a banned substance, since I bought it over the counter at a supplement store, when it stated on its label 60 vegetarian capsules.”

Machida admitted use of 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and then had elevated levels of DHEA in a subsequent drug test. “The Dragon” said he took the supplement to reduce stress levels and that it didn’t believe it to have any performance-enhancing elements. Machida added that he thought USADA would reduce the suspension more since he was honest and contributed fully to the investigation.

“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.”

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