Bobby Green reveals failed drug test led to UFC 276 fight being canceled

Bobby Green was scheduled to fight Jim Miller at UFC 276 in July, but was pulled from the contest for undisclosed reasons.

Green (29-13-1 MMA, 10-8-1 UFC) took it upon himself to explain what happened, revealing that a USADA drug test led to the fight being canceled .

“I was supposed to do it live last week, but people, the powers that be told me I shouldn’t do it,” Green said in a video posted to instagram. “I’m not supposed to now, but fuck it. … So, I want to tell you guys something, I want to tell you a story. I’ll tell you why I didn’t fight when I was supposed to fight Jim Miller.

Green, 36, began his story in the 36-minute video by explaining his attraction to all-natural supplements that could help his body function at a high level so he can maintain an “edge” as he ages. He even flipped his phone’s camera and walked over to his cabinet to show several bottles of various suggested supplements from Joe Rogan, The Liver King and others that he was eager to try. However, unbeknownst to him, one of these supplements was on the banned substances list.

“I’m training now, getting ready to fight Jim Miller,” Green said. “They called me and said, ‘Hey, what did you take? You tested positive for testosterone. I’m like, what? What? In 20 years, I haven’t never tested positive for anything. In 20 years of my sport. What do you mean? … So I come back, I take all the pictures, I show them all these bottles. They say, ‘Hey, that’s That one. DHEA. It’s a banned substance on our list, and you’re now in check, and the fight is over. One week before the fight. I’m crushed.

Dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA, is a substance banned in and out of sports competition that falls into the category of anabolic agents, according to USADA.

“I would never try to cheat,” Green said. “I would never try to lie to my audience. I’m against drugs, I’m against DEPs. who isn’t. I don’t care because I don’t pay attention to drugs. It’s not my problem.

Green explained how he could potentially face a longer suspension if he revealed the details of the situation too soon, or if USADA didn’t like the way he spoke when discussing it publicly. The current length of Green’s suspension is unclear. First-time offenders could face a one- or two-year suspension.

“It is what it is,” Green said. “If that’s what they want to do, give me more time because I picked up something at Walmart that I didn’t know was a banned substance, so be it. But, I want to let you know that it’s not USADA’s fault.

“It’s my fault. I’m wrong. I screwed up and I take responsibility. I was a moron. It was me who made the mistake. I take full responsibility. I apologize to my friends, my family. My son was supposed to come to this. Like, guys, I was screwed. When they told me about this shit, I cried for three or four days, I don’t not going to lie.

The UFC 276 fight against Miller was the promotion’s third attempt to pair the two veterans. They were first scheduled to meet at UFC 172 in 2014 and again at UFC 258, when Green collapsed backstage after weigh-ins.

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