Bobby Green accepts 6-month USADA suspension for anabolic steroid


Bobby Green was suspended for six months by the USADA, after he tested positive for an exogenous androgenic steroid.

The USADA announced the suspension Friday, stating that the UFC lightweight’s positive test was the result of an out-of-competition urine sample taken on May 16. Green can compete again in Nov. 16.

This past September, Green revealed that he had been pulled out of a fight with Jim Miller at UFC 276 on July 2 due to a positive drug test that he attributed to an over-the-counter supplement.

“I go, what? What? In 20 years, I’ve never tested positive for anything in 20 years of my sport,” Green said in an Instagram video. Green said that he knows drugs and that he has only seen them in needle form. He also heard about them in pill and cream forms. …

“Also, I tell them to come back and take the photos, then show them all of those bottles. They go, ‘Hey, it’s that one right there. It’s DHEA. It’s DHEA. I’m crushed. I’m like, what the f***.”

The USADA’s official statement corroborates Green’s account and noted that he received a reduced period of ineligibility for his cooperation with the investigation.

During an investigation into the circumstances of the case, Green provided evidence that he purchased dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) as an over-the-counter supplement product at a local retailer. DHEA is legal to be sold in the United States as a dietary supplement, and it’s different than other anabolic substances that are controlled. USADA can also take into account the extent of an athlete’s performance enhancement in determining their level of responsibility. In this instance, USADA considered only the brief use of DHEA.

Green most recently competed in a UFC Fight Night Las Vegas event this February. He stepped into the main fight on short notice to face Islam Makhachev. Makhachev beat Green via first round TKO. This ended a streak of two wins for Green.