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Machida Receives 18 Month Suspension

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida was unexpectedly pulled from a rematch with Dan Henderson at UFC on FOX 19 in April. During an out-of-competition sample collection, the fighter informed the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, that he had used a banned substance, while unaware that the substance was prohibited.

The fighter apologized on his social network.

“Guys, I just wanted to let you know that I was caught off-guard, too,” wrote Machida in his native Portuguese. “It’s been very hard for me. I trained very hard for this fight. I dedicated myself a lot with my team. I want to tell you that I didn’t know about this substance. It was something that actually declared in my test. I said, ‘No, I’m taking all these things,’ and this substance was banned in 2016.”

Machida declared that he had been taking 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). The steroid was listed on the packaging, so it was not a tainted supplement, but rather a fighter taking a drug he did not know was prohibited. There was confirmation when Machida’s sample returned with an elevated 7β-hydroxy-DHEA to DHEA ratio.

Now USADA has announced that Machida has accepted an 18-month suspension. This was a reduction from the two-years that is standard for a first-time offense. The suspension is retroactive to April 8, so The Dragon will be eligible to fight again in October of next year.

Machida is currently on a two-fight losing streak, to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero. He is currently building a Karate school where he will teach alongside his brother Chinzo.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.