Lyoto Machida has claimed he didn’t know he was taking a banned substance leading up to UFC on FOX 19, and Rashad Evans evidently believes the former light-heavyweight champ.
Machida was supposed to fight fellow legend Dan Henderson tonight in Tampa, but after relaying to USADA that he was taking a banned product, “The Dragon” was pulled from the card. Machida admitted to taking 7-Keto, which contains DHEA, a substance that USADA considers an anabolic agent.
Since his removal, Machida has said he wasn’t aware that the substance was banned, and Evans believes him. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, Evans had this to say about Machida’s situation (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I heard about it and it’s kind of unfortunate,” Evan said. “I don’t think that was really trying to pull a fast one or do anything kind of crazy. When it comes to educating yourself about the fighters and what they can and can’t take, it’s gonna be a tough process, because for so long we’ve done it one way. It’s just educating yourself what you can and can’t take and stuff like that. It’s too bad, you know, because I believe he wasn’t trying to do nothing shady.”
There you go. Of course, not everyone has bought into Machida’s side of the story, as other fights have claimed they didn’t know a substance was banned. While some have cited the fact that Machida disclosed he was taking the product, as to why he’s likely telling the truth. Machida has never failed a drug test in the past. If Machida ends up getting suspended for two years, it will be a massive setback for the 37 year-old fighter.
All this aside, Evans has other things to focus on, namely the always dangerous Glover Teixeira. They’ll fight in the main event of UFC on FOX 19.