Lyoto Machida is going to go at least two years without fighting, as the legendary fighter has been suspended for 18 months by USADA.
On Wednesday, USADA announced that it has suspended the former light-heavyweight champ for 18 months, after he disclosed earlier this year he was taking 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Since it is a banned substance, Machida was pulled from a bout with Dan Henderson, which was supposed to take place in April. Machida said afterwards he did not know 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone was banned.
Machida’s suspension is retroactive to April. As a result, the 38 year-old fighter will be eligible to compete again in October, 2017.
The Brazilian star’s last bout took place in June, 2015, when Machida was knocked out by Yoel Romero.