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UFC’s Lyman Good: ‘I’d never cheat the journey of hard work’

UFC welterweight Lyman Good denied taking banned substances in a lengthy text message sent to his coaches and his manager.

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Earlier this week, UFC welterweight Lyman Good was pulled from next month’s UFC 205 fight vs. Belal Muhammad after he was notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation.

On Wednesday, Good denied taking banned substances in an emotional text message sent to his trainers, head coach Tiger Schulmann, Shihan Ron Schulmann, and his manager David Fish, who made the message available in its entirety to Bloody Elbow on Thursday.

"Osu Shihan, it’s taking me time to process what’s happening and I still can’t believe it. I’m in a depravity of words to explain how I’m feeling. You’ve both taken me in as a son in your house. You’ve trained me for many years, you’ve seen me at my highest and at my lowest, you’ve seen me bleed, sweat, cry, and push my body past the point of breaking. You both know me. I'd NEVER cheat the journey of hard work and more importantly I'd NEVER cheat myself. The integrity of my name is something that I've worked too hard just to have it questioned because of whatever the [expletive] they're saying is in my system.

"My work ethic is clean, my conscious [sic] is clean, and my intentions in this I'm too much in love with the pain of training hard since it's the only thing that separates a real winner from a loser. I would never take shortcuts to get around it especially when you learn the most from a journey of sacrifice and hard work."

The 31-year-old Good has fought just once under the UFC banner, knocking out Andrew Craig in July 2015. He’s a Manhattan native who grew up in Harlem, but he’ll be unable to fight in front of his home fans at Madison Square Garden. According to Fish (via MMA Fighting), he’s asked USADA to test Good’s B sample. The A sample was conducted on October 14th, although the banned substance(s) in question was not disclosed by USADA, as has been the standard procedure.

Good has since been replaced by Vicente Luque, in what will be the opening FS1 preliminary card bout at UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor.