Tag Archive for Banned

Cris Cyborg failed to disclose banned substance until after flagged drug test, scored USADA exemption anyway

Invicta FC featherweight champion and part-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) headliner, Cristiane Justino, found herself in trouble with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last December following a violation of the organization’s drug testing policy.

“Cyborg” was taking the banned substance Spironolactone, but failed to disclose the physician-prescribed treatment until after she was zapped by USADA, which raised questions about discretion and arbitrariness.

In short, special treatment (like this).

To help answer some the lingering questions about the decision-making process, USADA released a statement explaining the steps Justino took to earn a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE).

From MMA Fighting:

Her use of the medication was not initially disclosed; but more importantly, once contacted by USADA, she immediately identified the medication as the source of her positive test, submitted all necessary medical information and demonstrated that it was being used for legitimate medical purposes without enhancing her performance. Those are the primary considerations when reviewing any TUE application.

Didn’t work for this guy.

Now that she’s free and clear, “Cyborg” can return to the Octagon at her natural weight of 145 pounds. Unfortunately, we still don’t know who the Brazilian will fight, with newly-crowned division champion calling for a Holly Holm rematch.

It’s lonely at the top.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Nick Diaz: Getting banned from UFC 202 cost Nate the fight against Conor McGregor

Mixed martial arts (MMA), like football, can be a game of inches.

That’s according to former two-weight world champion (his words) Nick Diaz, who was forced to watch his brother Nate lose a close unanimous decision to Conor McGregor at the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in August.

Ordinarily, the elder Diaz would have cornered his younger sibling; however, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) was still waiting to get paid (for this) and refused to issue a corner license for the sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

From his conversation with Opie Radio (via MMA Fighting):

“Just one inch, that’s the difference between how that fight could’ve gone. As far as I’m concerned, I definitely would’ve been that inch. … They just wanted to keep me out of there. They know that it would’ve definitely helped him out a lot. I was seeing things in that fight that I would’ve called and told him. I was seeing things that he wasn’t seeing, because I do these things and I know how they work out for me. It’s kind of like a formula, you know what I mean? And I’m like, hey look, this is what you do. Come the third and fourth round, I think if I would’ve been there, we would’ve been able to put it together and got that guy out of there.”

Diaz should have been able to win anyway, based on this.

Following their “Sin City” rematch, McGregor went on to capture the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York. Naturally, it didn’t take long for the combat sports community to start calling for a Diaz rubber match (because of this).

I’m not holding my breath.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Lyoto Machida says he didn’t know substance was banned, because USADA failed to educate properly

Lyoto Machida is a man known to carefully choose his words. So on the rare occasion the former UFC light heavyweight champion issues a strong opinion in public, it’s going to garner attention.

Several days after learning that he has been suspended 18 months by USADA for taking the banned substance 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) prior to a scheduled April fight with Dan Henderson, Machida is still upset with his penalty.

In his first interview since he was first flagged for the violation, Machida says he is disappointed and the process was not a fair one.

“When the UFC brought USADA in, I thought it was to instruct and educate all the fighters,” Machida said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “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.”

Machida is pointing the finger at USADA for what he considers to be an insufficient amount of information on what is and isn’t banned, saying he wasn’t even made aware of what was and wasn’t banned until after he got in trouble.

“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.”

Further, given that USADA has been seemingly inconsistent with its sanctioning since it began its UFC testing program — throwing the book at some while reducing suspensions to as low as six months for others — Machida was stunned to find that he got an 18-month suspension. After all, he volunteered that he had taken the substance, and Machida insists he was not using it for performance-enhancing purposes.

“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,” Machida said. “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.”

Machida was pulled from his UFC on FOX bout with Henderson in Florida the week of the fight, and recalls being in a state of disbelief when he was informed the fight was off.

“It was very [surprising] to me, I was very stressed at that moment,” Machida said. “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.”

With the suspension back-dated to April, the 18 months will elapse in October. 2017, upon which Machida will be eligible for reinstatement. By that time, Machida will be 39 years old.

While Machida will spend his time focusing on his new Machida Karate Academy in Gardena, Calif., at no point did he ever contemplate retirement.

“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,” Machida said. “So I’ll be back stronger I will be back better and now its time to 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. Its 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.”

At the end of the day, given what he’s been through, Machida wonders if the benefits of USADA are worth the time and effort the UFC has put into it, considering what the results have been for fighters like him.

“I want a clean sport and people should have to pay for their mistakes, but it has to be fair,” Machida said. “I didn’t have the proper permission, but I wasn’t using it to cheat.”

MMA Fighting – All Posts

Lyoto Machida says he didn’t know substance was banned, because USADA failed to educate properly

Lyoto Machida is a man known to carefully choose his words. So on the rare occasion the former UFC light heavyweight champion issues a strong opinion in public, it’s going to garner attention.

Several days after learning that he has been suspended 18 months by USADA for taking the banned substance 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) prior to a scheduled April fight with Dan Henderson, Machida is still upset with his penalty.

In his first interview since he was first flagged for the violation, Machida says he is disappointed and the process was not a fair one.

“When the UFC brought USADA in, I thought it was to instruct and educate all the fighters,” Machida said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “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.”

Machida is pointing the finger at USADA for what he considers to be an insufficient amount of information on what is and isn’t banned, saying he wasn’t even made aware of what was and wasn’t banned until after he got in trouble.

“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.”

Further, given that USADA has been seemingly inconsistent with its sanctioning since it began its UFC testing program — throwing the book at some while reducing suspensions to as low as six months for others — Machida was stunned to find that he got an 18-month suspension. After all, he volunteered that he had taken the substance, and Machida insists he was not using it for performance-enhancing purposes.

“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,” Machida said. “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.”

Machida was pulled from his UFC on FOX bout with Henderson in Florida the week of the fight, and recalls being in a state of disbelief when he was informed the fight was off.

“It was very [surprising] to me, I was very stressed at that moment,” Machida said. “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.”

With the suspension back-dated to April, the 18 months will elapse in October. 2017, upon which Machida will be eligible for reinstatement. By that time, Machida will be 39 years old.

While Machida will spend his time focusing on his new Machida Karate Academy in Gardena, Calif., at no point did he ever contemplate retirement.

“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,” Machida said. “So I’ll be back stronger I will be back better and now its time to 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. Its 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.”

At the end of the day, given what he’s been through, Machida wonders if the benefits of USADA are worth the time and effort the UFC has put into it, considering what the results have been for fighters like him.

“I want a clean sport and people should have to pay for their mistakes, but it has to be fair,” Machida said. “I didn’t have the proper permission, but I wasn’t using it to cheat.”

MMA Fighting – All Posts

Banned! Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz camps prohibited from water bottle wars rematch during UFC 202

If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz want to run back their recent game of water bottle toss, it will have to happen outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s because property officials probably want to ensure the safety of their other guests, as well as avoid potential lawsuits, banning members of their respective entourages from the building. The only exceptions are those individuals who have been licensed to corner the fighters during UFC 202, which takes this weekend (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016).

For the sake of clarity: T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. In other words, MGM has the authority — and the technology — to do as it pleases in regard to this situation.

Chris Avila — who is a Diaz protege — and Artem Levin — a McGregor disciple — were booked to battle for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, those two are now affected by this decision and neither one of them was seemingly involved in yesterday’s circus. Guilty by association, apparently.

To add insult to injury — at least in the case of Diaz — his older brother, Nick Diaz, will not be allowed in his corner. That’s because he apparently still owes Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) $ 100,000 related to his most recent settlement agreement. Therefore, technically, he is still considered suspended even though his sentence was up earlier this month.

What a tangled web the Diaz brothers weave.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Banned! Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz camps prohibited from water bottle wars rematch during UFC 202

If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz want to run back their recent game of water bottle toss, it will have to happen outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s because property officials probably want to ensure the safety of their other guests, as well as avoid potential lawsuits, banning members of their respective entourages from the building. The only exceptions are those individuals who have been licensed to corner the fighters during UFC 202, which takes this weekend (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016).

For the sake of clarity: T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. In other words, MGM has the authority — and the technology — to do as it pleases in regard to this situation.

Chris Avila — who is a Diaz protege — and Artem Levin — a McGregor disciple — were booked to battle for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, those two are now affected by this decision and neither one of them was seemingly involved in yesterday’s circus. Guilty by association, apparently.

To add insult to injury — at least in the case of Diaz — his older brother, Nick Diaz, will not be allowed in his corner. That’s because he apparently still owes Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) $ 100,000 related to his most recent settlement agreement. Therefore, technically, he is still considered suspended even though his sentence was up earlier this month.

What a tangled web the Diaz brothers weave.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Morning Report: Rashad Evans says Jon Jones’s legacy will have an asterisk, doesn’t believe he knowingly took banned substances

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans says he doesn’t believe Jon Jones knowingly took any banned substances and thinks it is unfortunate that his legacy will have an asterisk.

The story of Jon Jones’ career will be forever linked with Rashad Evans.

Evans and Jones were friends and training partners until Jones was tabbed to step in for an injured Evans in a title fight against Mauricio Rua. Jones’ performance in that title fight would launch his career and be the starting point for the most dominant championship run in light heavyweight history. It also would sour their friendship and result in Evans leaving the Jackson-Winklejohn camp and the two eventually fighting each other. Both men have since put the bad blood behind them. So this week when Evans went on the 5 Rounds podcast with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, it wasn’t to kick Jones while he’s down but he did share his disappointment about Jones’ recent failed USADA test.

“I just felt huge disappointment. As a fan first, and as somebody who is closely associated with Jon…I just hate to see somebody that has so much potential to do so many great things have this kind of situation happen to them. In my opinion, he’s probably one of the greatest fighters to ever put on gloves but now his legacy is going to be associated with the asterisk of ‘was he clean?’ and all the other things that he is known for outside of the cage.

“It’s very unfortunate. You look at Jon perform and what he’s been able to do – the body of work he’s been able to accomplish – and just look at the physical specimen of who Jon is, you just think that he doesn’t really need any kind of help with any kind of performance enhancing drugs. But this is a game of just trying to recover and making sure that you do what you need to do in order to train again. So maybe he got himself caught up trying to take something to help him recover.”

What Jones took is currently unknown but the cause of much speculation. There has been no official confirmation of what Jones was flagged for but the leading rumor is that Jones was caught with 2 different estrogen blockers in his system. Evans, Chael Sonnen, and Brendan Schaub have all made this claim and in the interview with Okamoto, Evans says that multiple sources confirmed it for him. He then goes on to say that the rumors are still unsubstantiated.

“What he took, I have no idea. It’s still yet to be confirmed, but it does look like he was trying to hide something or he was trying to balance something out if that’s in fact what he did get caught for. “

By “balance something out” Evans means that estrogen blockers are often used as “post-cycle” therapy to counteract the increase in estrogen that can result after a cycle of steroids (per Iain Kidd of BloodyElbow.com). There is also some evidence to suggest that estrogen blockers can increase testosterone as well, another reason why a fighter might take them. But Evans doesn’t believe this is the case for Jones.

“I think he may have taken something that wasn’t exactly what he thought it was. I just can’t really see, in my mind, somebody that’s going to be tested as heavily as Jones knowingly taking something he’s going to get popped for…Jon has been one of the top tested athletes and he has a huge spotlight on him so I don’t think that he would be stupid enough to take something that he knows is banned.”

According to USADA’s website, Jones has been tested 8 times over the last 2 years, making him the third most heavily tested light heavyweight behind Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. With UFC 200 being the most high profile fight card in the sport’s history, in all likelihood Jones would have assumed he’d be tested in the build up to the fight. Jones’s camp has declined to reveal what Jones was flagged for, but they have been clear that they intend to dispute the results, intimating that his positive results may be due to tainted supplements.

If so, Jones would not be the first fighter to fall victim to this growing epidemic. Tim Means and Yoel Romero both received suspensions for failing USADA tests and both accepted reductions down from 2 years to only 6 months because they proved their supplements were indeed tainted. (For what it’s worth, the company for one of the supplements Jones uses has stated that their supplement is not to blame for this.) Jones is also facing a 2 year suspension.

Ultimately, Evans says, fighters need to be more careful.

“It’s just unfortunate. In today’s MMA you’ve got to be really informed about what you put inside your body.”

Star-divide

5 MUST-READ STORIES

Star-divide

Brock Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC and will continue to be tested by USADA.

Conor McGregor and Holly Holm both won ESPYs last night.

Tony Ferguson wants to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov or Eddie Alvarez next.

Kelvin Gastelum wants a rematch with Tyron Woodley, says he wasn’t 100% during their fight.

UFC Fight Night 91 does lowest numbers of the year.

Star-divide

EXTRA CREDIT READING

Star-divide

What a long strange trip. Jordan Breen of Sherdog discusses the weirdness that is this sport.

Star-divide

MEDIA STEW

Star-divide

The Beat from yesterday.

Star-divide

Tito telling his side of the Lee Murray story. I kinda believe him because his statement “no one knocks me out, my head is too big” is pretty accurate.

Star-divide

Imperator Furi-Rose-a training montage.

Star-divide

Star-divide

Robin Black recap

Star-divide

LISTEN UP

Star-divide

Buffer recaps 200 and his injury.

Star-divide

Star-divide

Big John was on Joey Diaz’s pod.

Star-divide

TWEETS

Star-divide

Would watch.

Star-divide

Nice.

Star-divide

Star-divide

This man put on one hell of a show for a short notice featherweight fighting a top 5 lightweight.

Star-divide

I don’t know where this pic comes from but damn.

Star-divide

Conor gets swag.

Star-divide

DSM casually ethering Kavanagh.

Star-divide

This is pretty dope.

Star-divide

TJ responding hard.

Star-divide

LOL

!! #USADAShelter !! #UFC #MMA #USADA @sonnench

A video posted by Nik “The Carny” Lentz (@niklentz) on

Star-divide

Never forget that fighters are people and most of them are pretty decent so chill your rhetoric.

Walk in for working the UFC show for @fs1 and my son wants to wrestle. Soon he’ll be whooping me lol.

A video posted by Mikebisping (@mikebisping) on

Star-divide

DC on Cain.

Star-divide

One of these things is not like the other.

Star-divide

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Star-divide

N/A

Star-divide


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

Star-divide

2007: Siyar Bahadurzada won the Shooto middleweight championship, defeating Shiko Yamashita by unanimous decision.

2015: Frank Mir knocked out Todd Duffee in the main event of UFC Fight Night 71. Also at this event, Holly Holm secured a title shot against Ronda Rousey by winning a decision over Marion Reneau.

Star-divide

FINAL THOUGHTS

Star-divide

I’m pretty shocked at the poll results from yesterday. A Dillashaw-Cruz rematch only beat out John Lineker as far as fights y’all would like to see. Cruz and Dillashaw had an extremely close fight their first time and frankly, a highly enjoyable, technically brilliant one. I expected it to get a lot more love but people seemed to like the idea of Cruz-Aldo.

Cruz fighting Aldo kind of feels like he would just get murdered by the bigger, cleaner striker. Also, Cruz’s striking relies heavily on the threat of the takedown and Jose Aldo is the best defensive wrestler in MMA history. Cruz would get his legs chewed up and counter jabbed to death. Also, I’m not entirely sure Cruz would even be able to land a clean punch on Aldo who is every bit the defensive wizard Cruz is.

Cruz-DJ is the match to me. Their fight was close the first time and DJ has improved so much since then. Maybe he still can’t navigate the size difference but that is the superfight that makes the most sense. Also, Aldo has McGregor or Holloway or both to contend with first. If Cruz really doesn’t want to fight TJ again then let him fight DJ or Frankie Edgar at 135 while the young guns at bantamweight rack up a few more wins.

Anyway, that’s just my two cents. Have a great weekend y’all. See you Monday.

Star-divide

If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, just hit me up on Twitter @JedKMeshew and let me know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram and add us on Snapchat at MMA-Fighting because we post dope things and you should enjoy them.

Poll
Did Jon Jones knowingly cheat?






  438 votes | Results

MMA Fighting – All Posts

USADA releases statement on Jon Jones; Dana White says Jones popped for two banned substances

LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones could know the result of his ‘B’ sample by Thursday night, USADA officials confirmed with MMA Fighting. It’s highly doubtful it will alter his standing with regards to UFC 200, per UFC president Dana White.

On Wednesday night, Jones was pulled from the main event of the card against Daniel Cormier after it was found out that he was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation. Jones failed an out-of-competition drug test from a sample that was taken June 16. USADA was notified Wednesday and immediately informed Jones and the UFC.

Jones’ team has requested the ‘B’ sample be tested and those results could come back as early as Thursday night, according to USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden.

“Given that Mr. Jones has spoken publicly about the issue, I can confirm that he has been notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test on June 16,” Madden said in a statement. “Mr. Jones’ B-sample is currently being analyzed by the independent WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we have requested that the laboratory report those results to us as soon as possible. While at this time we are not going to provide any further specifics of the case, I can tell you that Mr. Jones will be provided full due process under the rules.”

“I can also confirm that USADA has been in communication with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding Mr. Jones’ potential violation and that we are working to ensure that the Commission has the necessary information to fully adjudicate this matter in accordance with its rules.”

White said Thursday on “The Herd” that Jones actually tested positive for two banned agents and the likelihood of the ‘B’ sample coming back negative is slim.

“They basically said he’s out and he tested for a banned substance,” White said. “Basically, for the ‘B’ sample to not be the same, especially when there’s two different agents I think, it would be like hitting the lottery for that to come up negative.”

Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) executive director Bob Bennett told MMA Fighting on Thursday that the commission will wait to see if Jones’ ‘B’ sample comes back positive and then, if it does, proceed from there. If the ‘B’ sample is positive, Bennett said Jones’ hearing will also be adjudicated by the NAC.

USADA won’t comment on the specific substance Jones tested for until the athlete reveals it first. Bennett said the substance will be included in the official complaint against Jones if the NAC adjudicates it.

Though USADA conducted the test and will possibly put in place its own sanction of Jones, the jurisdiction still falls to Nevada, because the test was in relation to what would have been Jones’ fight with Cormier. That means Jones is facing discipline from two different bodies: USADA/UFC and the commission.

At a press conference Thursday morning, an emotional Jones said he has never knowingly cheated and taken performance-enhancing drugs. His manager Malki Kawa implied that the banned substance in Jones’ system might have stemmed from something tainted that was ingested.

USADA has tested Jones eight times in 2016 and this was the only test failure.

Dave Doyle contributed to this story

MMA Fighting – All Posts

Fabricio Werdum’s ‘happy face’ mask banned inside the stadium for UFC 198

CURITIBA, Brazil — Stipe Miocic will not face 45,000 Fabricio Werdums after all.

Werdum distributed tens of thousands of masks to fans all week in Curitiba, asking them to wear it during the UFC 198 main event Saturday. However, fans weren’t allowed to enter the Arena da Baixada soccer stadium with the mask during Friday’s weigh-ins and Saturday’s event.

The UFC heavyweight champion complained about the veto while speaking to Combate TV right after the weigh-ins.

“I was doing a great campaign for the ‘happy face’. I had 45,000 (masks) done and the ‘happy face’ was vetoed at the entrance for the weigh-ins,” Werdum said. “I hope it’s not vetoed tomorrow.

“I think it’s absurd, actually. I spent a lot of money, got a nice campaign to excite the crowd, people were happy, posting it on social media, and UFC comes and vetoes it. I didn’t like it, but it’s fine.”

The Arena da Baixada’s security team is requesting fans to throw away the mask before they enter the stadium, and told MMA Fighting that the UFC made the call. MMA Fighting reached out to the promotion for comments, but didn’t get a response yet.

MMA Fighting – All Posts

And The Latest UFC Fighter to Be Busted for Banned Substances Is…Lyoto Machida?!!


(Say it ain’t so, Lyoto…)

The UFC’s recently-implemented, USADA-partnered drug-testing program has been quietly gaining steam at a predictable-but-still-scary rate since it was officially implemented last October, most recently catching Frank Mir in what may very well be a career-ending mistake earlier in the month and busting Viscardi Andrade just earlier in the week for a similar violation.

While the anti-doping agency’s settlement with Yoel Romero shows that the system is not exactly fool-proof yet, it’s still doing a respectable job of cleaning up the sport’s dirtiest fighters and hitting them where it hurts the most.

One of the last fighters that you would ever expect to be lumped into that category, however, is former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Over the course of his near-10 year career in the UFC, “The Dragon” has displayed nothing less than the epitome of class and professionalism both inside and outside of the octagon, serving as a true ambassador for a sport with only a handful of guys that you’d ever want to give such a title to. But just as Anderson Silva did before him, Machida once again reminded us that no fighter is above using a little extra help to get by.

Scheduled to rematch Dan Henderson in the co-main event of this weekend’s UFC on FOX 19 card — a card which has already taken its fair share of hits, for what it’s worth — Machida shocked the MMA world this afternoon by admitting that he had used a banned substance while being administered an out-of-competition drug test.

“The UFC organization was made aware today by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, that Lyoto Machida declared the usage of a banned substance during an out-of-competition sample collection last week,” UFC official stated on Wednesday.

“Machida stated that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition and, in accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, his disclosure of usage will be taken into consideration by USADA during any potential results management and adjudication process.”

And this right here is why my only heroes are ghosts, Nation. I guess we could give props to Machida for being up front with his banned substance use (though which one he used specifically has not been revealed yet) instead of belittling our intelligence by blaming his positive test on the sauna or the guy testing your samples, but at the same time, Machida is the one guy I would have believed was the victim of some crazy mix up. WHY YOU GOTTA BREAKA MY HEART, LYOTO?! WHYYYY!!!!

As a result of his admission, Machida’s scheduled bout with Henderson has been pulled from UFC on FOX 19, and Henderson is PISSED.

Take it easy, Dan.

The post And The Latest UFC Fighter to Be Busted for Banned Substances Is…Lyoto Machida?!! appeared first on Cagepotato.

Cagepotato