Bobby Green on Friday said he was scratched from UFC 276 due to a positive drug test he said was from on an over-the-counter supplement purchased at Walmart.
Green said that he took DHEA (an anabolic drug), after seeing a YouTube clip by Eric Berg, a controversial and well-known chiropractor and health educator based in Virginia. The Virginia medical board reprimanded Berg for having treated patients beyond the chiropractic licensing scope and for making misleading statements regarding his treatment plan.
One week before the July 2 pay-per-view event, Green said he was told he’d tested positive for testosterone, forcing the cancellation of his fight with Jim Miller.
“I go, what? What? What? “I know drugs, and drugs to me, I’ve only heard of them coming in needle form, I’ve heard them coming in some crazy pill form, and last, like maybe I’ve heard of some cream stuff of testosterone. …
“So I say hey, come back, take all the pictures, show them all those bottles. Then they say, “Hey, that’s the one.” It’s DHEA. That’s a banned substance on our list, and you’re now in failure, and the fight is off.’ A week before the fight. I’m crushed. It’s like I don’t know what to do ***.”
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees the UFC’s drug testing program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Although the agency doesn’t disclose positive drug tests before adjudicating them, it will inform fighters if they have positive ones.
Green said he’d been advised not to speak about his case publicly for fear of getting a longer suspension. But he felt compelled to talk about the situation because he wanted to be truthful to his fans, and after telling the story to so many of his inner circle, he was tired of rehashing it.
“If that’s what they want to do is give me more time because I took something from Walmart that I had no idea was a banned substance, so be it,” Green said. “But, I do want to let you guys know that it’s not USADA’s fault. It’s my fault. This is my fault. This is my fault, I’m sorry. I was a jackass. It was me who made it all wrong. All responsibility is mine. I ruined my situation.”
Green explained why he opposes PEDs and how he is looking for natural ways to combat the effects of ageing in a 30-plus video. He showed a drawer full of supplements from a variety of producers, including UFC supplement partner Thorne, that he said he used for an “all natural” boost.
However, Green also admitted he didn’t heed the UFC’s information on banned substances. The UFC requires fighters to learn about the hazards of OTC supplements and substances banned by USADA. This information has been used to ensnare dozens of fighters ever since the beginning of the program in 2015.. Several fighters have admitted to skipping the material, allowing managers or other reps to complete the materials.
First-time PED offenders who have used anabolic drugs are subject to two year suspension according to USADA’s regulations.
“I had no idea what was going on,” Green said. Green said, “I saw a YouTube video that was stupid and did it. F***. I f***** it up, guys. I apologize to my public, to my friends, to my family. My son was supposed to come to this. Like, guys, I was f*cked up.”
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