Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida was recently suspended for 18 months after disclosing that he was taking DHEA. The fighter protested the decision on his social network, but now has spoken about it for the first time, during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour.
“When the UFC brought USADA in, I thought it was to instruct and educate all the fighters,” said Machida, as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting. “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.”
“For me, USADA didn’t give us proper instruction, and I think they failed in giving us an education about everything. 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.”
“Not to enhance my performance, to provide stress relief, I think the punishment would be six months because of my mistake, they could consider my honesty. That’s the thing, because the intention it means so many things, then intention. If you don’t have intention, it means a lot of things. In my case, I didn’t have any intention. It’s already proven.”
“It was very [surprising] to me, I was very stressed at that moment. I never imagine it I could happen in my career. I expose it for everyone, because I have my principles I was taught by my father based on honor and integrity, and suddenly i was exposed to the world, now everything thinks Lyoto [cheats]. It was very hard to me, at that moment I was so nervous because I didn’t imagine that situation in my career, but I had to face everything.”
“It’s my life, I want to compete again, I think I have a lot of things to do, a lot of things to give my fans still. So I’ll be back stronger I will be back better and now it’s time to like inside, to check my academy, to push my academy more and give more support to my students. But I’m always training, it doesn’t matter what happened in my career because training is my life. I’m a real martial artist, my father always taught me that some way I have to train every day, no matter what happens your life. It’s not just about competition, it’s my life, my lifestyle. So I train every day and I feel very good, because sometimes training is like meditations for me, it’s a good escape to me to the problems for everything.”
“I want a clean sport and people should have to pay for their mistakes, but it has to be fair. I didn’t have the proper permission, but I wasn’t using it to cheat.”