USADA suspends Lyoto Machida for 18 months

Lyoto Machida has been given an 18-month suspension for his Anti-Doping Policy violation earlier this year.

The former UFC light-heavyweight champion was pulled from his UFC on FOX 19 bout against Dan Henderson in April after he declared his use of a supplement containing 7-keto-DHEA to USADA during an out-of-competition drug test conducted a week before the fight. Machida released a statement regarding his withdrawal from the bout where he said he was unaware that the supplement was on the prohibited list.

7-Keto-DHEA is an ingredient found in many supplements that are available over the counter in supplement stores all across the United States. Evidence for its effectiveness as a performance-enhancing drug is not very strong.

The 18-month suspension began on April 8, the date he declared his use of the substance, meaning that he will be able to compete in October 2017.

Machida (22-7) is 1-2 in his last three fights with his most recent outing being a third-round knockout loss to Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC Fight Night 70. Prior to that, he lost via second-round submission to Luke Rockhold.

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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