Lyoto Machida’s suspension runs out in October and the fan favorite plans to make a return to the Octagon.
Lyoto Machida may be serving an 18-month suspension, but that hasn’t stopped ‘The Dragon’ from training hard in the gym to prepare for his UFC return.
Machida, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, was handed an 18-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in November of last year after his admitted use of 7-KETO-DHEA, a prohibited substance that helps burn fat.
Machida was expected to rematch the now-retired Dan Henderson at UFC on FOX 19 but was pulled from the bout after admitting to using 7-KETO-DHEA.
Machida’s suspension expires on October 8 and the 38-year-old teased fans about a return.
The Brazilian posted on Instagram that he will ‘be back soon’ and appears to be in good health and good spirits.
I will be back soon!Logo estarei de volta!Thank you all my fans!Obrigado a todos os meu fãs! #machidakarate @machidakarate
Machida, who made his UFC debut in 2007 against Sam Hoger, is 5-3 in his last eight fights but dropped two back-to-back losses to top middleweight contenders Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.
The MMA veteran was removed from the official UFC rankings after his suspension but was formerly ranked as a top ten middleweight.