A few short hours after it became public that he admitted to using a banned substance in a routine out-of-competition drug test, Lyoto Machida took to his Facebook page to explain the situation, and to apologize.
“I’m here to tell you that I was caught by surprise by this news. It has been very dificult for me,” Machida wrote on Facebook. “I’ve trained a lot for this fight, I’ve dedicated a lot with all my team mates. I want to tell you that I really didn’t know about this substance, so I listed it on my declaration form amongst everything else I was taking, and this substance was recently banned in 2016, so I take the blame for not knowing that, and I’d like to say I’m really sorry and apologize to my fans, team mates, and my family… I always try to play by the book, but unfortunately this happened.
“The supplement used by Lyoto was 7-Keto, that contains the substance DHEA, found in products sold at every supplement store and it’s very popular.”
Due to the violation, Machida’s UFC on FOX 19 bout with Dan Henderson, slated for Saturday’s event in Tampa, Fla., was cancelled. UFC officials intend to put Henderson on a future fight card with a new opponent.