Yesterday, the UFC announced that this weekend's UFC on FOX event had lost its main event. Originally, former champions Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson were set to meet in a middleweight match-up. Unfortunately, less than a week before the fight, Machida self-reported to the USADA that he had used a banned substance.
Machida's punishment has not yet been decided on, although it is very likely he will be facing a suspension from competition of some kind. In the meantime, Machida is being surprisingly open about the news, and released his own statement explaining his side of the story.
In a statement on Facebook, Machida revealed which banned substance he was using. Machida stated that he was using a workout supplement called 7-Keto, which contains a banned substance called DHEA.
He added that he was not aware it was on the banned list, as it had only been added in 2016:
"I'm here to tell you that I was caught by surprise by this news. It has been very difficult for me. I've trained a lot for this fight, I've dedicated a lot with all my teammates. 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, teammates, and my family... I always try to play by the book, but unfortunately this happened."
UFC on FOX 19 will now proceed without Machida or Henderson.