He may have been a UFC champ at one point, and the greatest karate man the Octagon has ever known, but Lyoto Machida had to deal with some USADA nonsense, and it left a bad taste in his mouth.
Well, “The Dragon” is a Bellator fighter now, and you know what that means? It means no more USADA crap for Machida to deal with.
You can bet the Brazilian is feeling good about that! As per MMAFighting:
“I’m in favor of the anti-doping system in the sport, I believe it’s good for the sport, but I’m not in favor of how USADA deals with many cases,” Machida said. “I think sometimes they are too harsh and don’t take into consideration how the situation occurred, the athlete’s past, similar situations that could be seen when making a hard decision on a professional athlete’s career, who lives and depends on it.
“I won’t say I left the UFC because of USADA, no way, but today I feel lighter without USADA,” he continued. “I feel lighter. The thing that you have to report where you are going generated so much stress. Today I’m free, more relaxed. I’m living happier in that aspect.”