Throughout the history of sports including MMA , athletes have been found guilty of illegally using anabolic steroids, hormones and other products to boost their level of testosterone, stimulate faster recovery and for the overall enhancing of their performance. To be fair to all athletes there is a very thin line of legality for some products and if the fine print is not properly read and understood the athlete may not know that he is indeed using an illegal or banned substance. This seems to be the case with Lyoto Machida.
According to Lyoto Machida, he didnt know the substance he was taking was banned by USADA. It seems that a Brazilian athlete following the instructions of USADA’s spokesman by visiting GlobalDRO.com, doesn’t tell them that DHEA or 7-keto-DHEA are banned.
When a Brazilian athlete visits GlobalDRO.com he is prompted to visit www.consultealista.abcd.gov.br to check for banned substances. First problem is that a mixed martial artist does not have the option to select MMA as their sport. Second problem is that even selecting another sport, DHEA, 7-keto-DHEA or 7-ceto-DHEA are not showing up as a banned susbtance, it just returns the message:
“Sem informação disponível, não existem resultados para ‘DHEA’
Verifique se preencheu correctamente todos os parâmetros de pesquisa, ou consulte a Lista de Substâncias e Métodos Proibidos do Código Mundial Antidopagem em vigor, o seu Médico, ou entre em contacto com firstname.lastname@example.org para obter mais informação.”
“No information available, there are no results for ‘ DHEA ‘
Check that you have filled in all the search parameters, or see Substances List and Prohibited Methods of the World Anti-Doping Code in force, your doctor, or contact email@example.com for more information”
UFC athletes are encouraged to use the ufc.GlobalDRO.com site, and there is no portuguese as language option.
On the abcd.gov.br site, a prohibited list is available in Portuguese, but if you make a search on this site, DHEA, 7-keto-DHEA or 7-ceto-DHEA are not showing up.
This actually means that there is no way for a portuguese speaking athlete to know if DHEA, 7-keto-DHEA or 7-ceto-DHEA is a banned substance by searching on a website.
It clearly means that Lyoto Machida wasn’t able to check if o-DHEA was banned, and he is now serving an 18 month suspension.