Machida apologies for USADA violation
Following news earlier today that Lyoto Machida was removed from Saturday's UFC on FOX due to a violation of the USADA policy, the former championed issued a statement apologizing for his part:
In a statement released on his Facebook page following the news Machida was out of the fight with Henderson after he had admitting to taking a banned substance, the former UFC champ explains he used a supplement called 7-Keto, which contains DHEA, a substance listed as an “anabolic agent” by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) claimed ignorance and said he didn’t know the substance was banned, which is why he revealed his usage of 7-Keto during a drug test prior to the scheduled rematch with Henderson (31-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
“Guys, I just wanted to let you know that I was caught off-guard, too,” Machida said 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.”