Bobby Green was supposed to fight Jim Miller at UFC 276 in July, but the fight was cancelled just a week beforehand for undisclosed reasons, and now Green has revealed it was due to the fact that he had failed a drug test.
Green revealed in an Instagram video that he tested positive for testosterone, which he says came as a big shock as he’s never failed a drug test before in his long career and is completely against using performance enhancing drugs.
However, he has since discovered that a supplement he had been recommended by a doctor was on USADA’s banned list, and as such the 36-year-old could be facing a two-year suspension from the sport, though USADA has yet to officially announce his punishment.
“I’m training now, I’m getting ready for my fight — I’m getting ready to fight Jim Miller,” Green recalled on Instagram. “They called me, and go, ‘Hey, what have you been taking? You tested positive for testosterone.’ I’m like, ‘What? What?!’ In 20 years, I’ve never tested positive for anything. In 20 years of my sport. What do you mean?
“So I say, ‘Hey, come back, take all the pictures, show them all those bottles,’” continued Green. “They go, ‘Hey, it’s that one right there. 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.”
“I would never try to cheat,” Green continued. “I would never try to lie to my public. I’m against drugs, I’m against PEDs. I would never even think about those things. I’ve never even looked at the site to know what is banned and what is not. I don’t give a f—k because I don’t pay attention to drugs. That’s not my issue.”
Despite his strong denial that he would knowingly take a PED, Green says he’s taking full responsibility for what’s happened due to the fact that he hadn’t properly researched the health supplements he was taking.
“I do want to let you guys know that it’s not USADA’s fault, it’s my fault. I’ve taken wrong in this. I f—kid up and I take responsibility. I was a jackass. I’m the one that made the mistake. I take all responsibility.”
Green was coming off a TKO loss to Islam Makhachev prior to his positive drug test, but had won back-to-back fights against Al Iaquinta and Nasrat Haqparast prior to that.