The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced a 6-month suspension for UFC lightweight fighter Bobby Green in May, 2022. The reason for the suspension was the use of a banned substance called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
Green fully cooperated in the testing process and claimed that he did not intentionally consume the substance. He said that he had watched a YouTube video about the benefits of DHEA and that led to him buying the supplement at a local store.
‘King’ further explained in an Instagram video that the supplement was openly available even at a Walmart store so he did not realize that it was a banned substance. For those who do not know, DHEA can be sold legally in the United States as a dietary supplement. So, Green’s claims did make sense.
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Bobby Green himself accepted the mistake and said that he was ‘crushed’ after this suspension as he always has been against PEDs and steroids. USADA released a statement which said that the lightweight fighter’s acceptance and cooperation in the whole process has led to him receiving a reduced suspension period. Due to the suspension, Bobby Green had to miss a fight against Jim Miller that was scheduled for him at UFC 276 in July, last year.
Bobby Green believes UFC champion Islam Makhachev did steroids in the past
Islam Makhachev’s last fight before he became the UFC lightweight champion by defeating Charles Oliveira, was against Bobby Green. The Dagestani fighter won by a first round TKO.
Speaking about the reigning lightweight champion, Green talked about a video he had watched on YouTube. In the video, it was claimed that Makhachev had a problem with drugs at an early age. He further expressed that steroids at such an age can do exceptional things to a fighter’s body.
“I was f*cking round on my YouTube, right, and I found this little video and it said Islam had a little trouble with drugs,” Green said. “I don’t see people talking about him? So, he was saying when he first came over that his school that he trained at in Russia, they just gave him vitamins. They been doing it since who knows when, when you start training,” he added.
He further expressed that the Dagestani fighters are bred to be winners and that is the reason for their success at the highest level of the sport.
Islam Makhachev even responded to this allegation from Bobby Green and said that the only reason for his extra-ordinary strength is his hard work that he puts in in the Gym.
Makhachev is set for his second title defense in a rematch against Charles Oliveira at UFC 294 on Oct 21 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.