Former champ Machida pulled from UFC card after declaring banned substance use

By on April 14, 2016


“Machida stated that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition,” the UFC said in a statement Wednesday. (Photo by Marcos Joel Reis - Flickr: Lyoto Machida, CC BY 2.0,)
“Machida stated that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition,” the UFC said in a statement Wednesday.
(Photo by Marcos Joel Reis – Flickr: Lyoto Machida, CC BY 2.0,)

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida has been pulled from a televised UFC fight card Saturday after acknowledging use of a banned substance.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency informed the UFC that Machida had made the declaration during an out-of-competition sample collection last week.

“Machida stated that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition,” the UFC said in a statement Wednesday.

“Given this information, UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Henderson will be rebooked for a new bout in the near future.”

Machida apologized in a statement on Facebook.

“I want to tell you that I really didn’t know about this substance, so I listed it on my declaration form amongst everything else I was taking, and this substance was recently banned in 2016, so I take the blame for not knowing that, and I’d like to say I’m really sorry and apologize to my fans, team mates, and my family… I always try to play by the book, but unfortunately this happened,” said the Los Angeles-based Brazilian.

Machida said he had used a “very popular” supplement that contains DHEA. The substance is listed on WADA’s prohibited list under anabolic agents, which includes “the use of any other anabolic substances (such as DHEA) in a dietary supplement.”

The UFC said Machida’s disclosure of usage will be taken into consideration by USADA during any potential results management and adjudication process.

The 37-year-old Machida is currently ranked fifth among middleweight contenders by the UFC.

The main event of Saturday’s card sees Rashad Evans, another former light-heavyweight champion currently ranked No. 7 among 205-pound contenders, fight No. 4 Glover Teixeira of Brazil.

The original main event was a matchup of top lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson that was cancelled when Ferguson was hurt in training