UFC On Fox 19 Fight against Dan Henderson Cancelled
The UFC announced Wednesday that the organization has been informed that MMA veteran Lyoto Machida has tested positive for a banned substance. The substance Machida tested positive for was not made public.
The UFC released a statement on its official website to address the issue brought to their attention by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The statement revealed that Machida “declared the usage of a banned substance during an out-of-competition sample collected last week”.
The full statement released by the UFC can be read below:
“The UFC organization was made aware today by the US Anti-Doping Agency, the independent administrator of the UFC anti-doping policy, that Lyoto Machida declared the usage of a banned substance during an out-of-competition sample collection last week. Machida stated that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition and, in accordance with the UFC anti-doping policy, his disclosure of usage will be taken into consideration by USADA during any potential results management and adjudication process.”
MMA Veteran Lyoto Machida Removed From Upcoming Fight
“Given this information, UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa, Florida. Henderson will be rebooked for a new bout in the near future,” UFC officials continued.
The UFC on Fox 19 card scheduled for this Saturday in Tampa, Florida takes another huge blow due to the revelation of the failed drug test by MMA veteran Lyoto Machida. This card has already lost its original co-main event due to a potentially serious lung condition plaguing rising Lightweight Tony Ferguson.
The new co-main event, which was Lyoto Machida vs Dan Henderson has now been scrapped due to Machidas failed drug test. Dan Henderson, who is currently in Tampa preparing for this fight posted a short and sweet message on his Twitter account following receiving the news of Machidas fail drug test: “no respect”.
The revelation of Machida’s failed drug test may be a surprise for some, but others have suspected usage of performance-enhancing drugs from Machida in the past and have been outspoken about it. Namely two UFC Middleweight veterans Gegard Mousasi and the current Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.
This was also projected to possibly be the last career fight in the UFC for Dan Henderson. This fight was to be Hendersons last fight on his current UFC contract and he has stated that he is considering retirement regardless of the outcome of the fight. The UFC has announced that Henderson will be booked to fight at a later date in the near future.
This certainly will not be the last we hear of MMA veteran Lyoto Machida and his failed drug test as the penalty for this infraction has yet to be determined.