Lyman Good is denying using a banned substance and will challenge the USADA drug-test finding.
Good, a UFC welterweight, told his longtime coaches, brothers Danny Schulmann and Ron Schulmann, and manager David M. Fish in an emotional text message this week that he never used any kind of prohibited drug. In lieu of a statement, Fish made the text message available to MMA Fighting on Thursday.
"I'd NEVER cheat the journey of hard work and more importantly I'd NEVER cheat myself," Good wrote. "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."
On Wednesday, the UFC announced that Good had been flagged by USADA, its anti-doping partner, for a potential violation. Good failed an out-of-competition drug test stemming from an Oct. 14 sample and was pulled from his UFC 205 fight with Belal Muhammad.
USADA does not release the name of the substance until the completion of the adjudication process. Fish, who is a lawyer, said he preferred not to divulge that information until he has more intel about the situation. He has asked USADA to test Good's B sample and that is being done Thursday, he said.
"I maintain his absolute innocence," Fish said.
Good, 31, would have been the only Manhattan-born fighter on the card for the UFC's first-ever show in New York City. He hails from Spanish Harlem.
"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," Good wrote in the text. "I would never take shortcuts to get around it especially when you learn the most from a journey of sacrifice and hard work."
Good (19-3, 1 NC), the first Bellator welterweight champion, has not fought since a first-round knockout of Andrew Craig in July 2015, his UFC debut. He is unbeaten in his last six fights, stretching back to 2012 when he fell to current Bellator champ Andrey Koreshkov.