Bobby Green Slapped With 6-Month USADA Suspension For Over-The-Counter Supplement With Banned Substance

USADA found a banned substance from Bobby Green's over-the-counter supplement.

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Bobby Green - Image via @bobbykinggreen Instagram
  • USADA handed Bobby Green a six-month suspension for banned substance
  • “King” revealed that his last fight was canceled due to another failed drug test

UFC lightweight Bobby Green seems to have been dealing with issues with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in recent times. Last month, Green revealed that his UFC 276 bout with Jim Miller was scrapped due to a failed drug test with USADA. The 36-year-old is eligible to return to fighting on Nov. 16. However, he failed another drug test and is slapped with a six-month suspension instead.

Because of over-the-counter supplement

In a statement released by USADA, it has been learned that “King” has ingested a banned substance from an over-the-counter supplement that contained dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

USADA stated that the result of out-of-competition urine sample collected on May 16, showed Green tested positive for anabolic steroid. Green then “provided evidence” aiming to prove that he wasn’t aware of taking any type of steroid and his willingness to cooperate in the investigation resulted to a reduced punishment.

“Green tested positive for the presence of an anabolic androgenic steroid of exogenous origin as the result of a urine sample collected out-of-competition on May 16, 2022. Exogenous anabolic androgenic steroids are Non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and are prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and UFC Prohibited List,” the USADA statement read.

“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. In the U.S., unlike other countries, DHEA can be legally sold as a dietary supplement and is different from other anabolic agents that are regulated as controlled substances. Under the Policy, USADA may also consider the degree of performance enhancement when determining the athlete’s level of fault, and in this case, considered the athlete’s brief use of the supplement… Given these factors, USADA determined that Green’s degree of fault was diminished and that he should receive a reduced period of ineligibility. He also received a reduction for his Full and Complete Cooperation.”


Green has been in the UFC since 2013, but he only rose to prominence when he boldly took a short-notice fight against one of the best lightweights in the promotion in Islam Makhachev at UFC Vegas 49 in April. The bout was Green’s first main event match under the UFC banner. Sadly, despite the hype, “King” was quickly mauled by Makhachev.

The UFC is evidently willing to reward Green’s courage to take on a high-ranking fighter but it appears that he would have to wait for a while before he can make his UFC return.

Published on October 8, 2022 at 9:48 am
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