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UFC middleweight Lyoto Machida, backstage at UFC 129. Kenai Andrews/MMA Crossfire

Lyoto Machida accepts 18-month USADA ban

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that UFC middleweight Lyoto Machida (22-7-0) has “accepted an 18-month sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a prohibited substance and subsequently testing positive for the use of that substance,” according to a press release.

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Machida informed USADA at an ¬†April 8 out-of-competition test 7-keto-dehydropiandrosterone (7-keto-DHEA), a prohibited “anabolic agent.” The former UFC light-heavyweight champion said he did not know it was a prohibited World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) substance.

Because of Machida’s admission, the ban was reduced from the standard 24 months to 18 months, retroactive to April 8, 2016 the date the positive sample was collected.

Machida’s last bout was a knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 70 in June 2015.

@kenaiandrews Lyoto Machida accepts 18-month USADA ban

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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