Lyoto Machida (22-5) is set to face Luke Rockhold (13-2) in the main event of UFC on Fox 15. The winner will likely face the winner of Vitor Belfort and Chris Weidman for a shot at the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Machida and Rockhold faced a swarm of media all week in anticipation for their monumental collision. One of the more prominent interviews for Machida was when he was asked about the enhanced testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs. He responded to BJPenn.com with this:
“I think if it’s for everyone, it’s going to be good,” he said. “If it’s fair for everyone, it’s going to be good for every fighter. Because now you have more control. You can train very calm. You are not thinking about anything. You’re not thinking about your opponent, because they’re going to test every one. That’s what they said. I think it’s going to be good for the sport, it’s good for everyone.”
Machida then talks about the ban and comes to realization of those that are penalized. He believes even if a fighter is caught, that the penalty might be too big.
“Of course, they have to have some punishment, because it’s a part of the game. But you have to think about what kind of punishment you have to do. Because some times they said two years. Two years is a long time for any fighter, you know? You have to think about the time, because sometimes two years, they can finish their career. I think two years is too strong … Because two years, sometimes they have to find another thing to do. That’s why I think you have to think about the punishment.”
Machida pulls back even further when asked about what a reasonable punishment should be if a fighter is caught using Performance Enhancing Drugs for a second time during their fighting career.
“If they catch you for a second time, lifetime ban. I don’t know. That’s a hard question. I know some penalty is important. But I don’t know, I’m not a judge to say which one, what limits, what time.”
Keep in mind that Machida’s teammate and fellow Brazilian, former longtime UFC Middlweight Champion and widely considered the Greatest of all time in the sport of MMA, Anderson Silva is currently awaiting a fine for failing more than one drug test.