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Report: Lyoto Machida Suspended 18 Months For Banned Substance Use

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According to a report by FOX Sports, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has accepted an 18-month suspension for taking a banned substance.

Machida admitted the use before failing an out-of-competition drug test ahead of a planned fight with Dan Henderson in Florida.

“During an out-of-competition test conducted on April 8, 2016, Machida, 38, declared the use of a product containing 7‐keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7‐keto‐DHEA) on his sample collection paperwork. 7‐keto‐DHEA is a prohibited substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List,” USADA officials wrote in the release.

“Upon notice from USADA of his potential violation, Machida immediately confirmed his use of the product, which listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient, and fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.”

Machida’s suspension is retroactive to last April, meaning he will be eligible to return in October 2017.