UFC on FOX 19: Lyoto Machida Reportedly Admits to Using Banned Substance, Rematch With Dan Henderson is Off
By FCF Staff
UFC on FOX 19 has lost another of its main card bouts, as Lyoto Machida has reportedly admitted to taking a banned substance, and will no longer fight Dan Henderson on Saturday.
On Wednesday, the following statement was posted at UFC.com:
The UFC organization was made aware today by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), 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.
Given this information, UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Henderson will be re-booked for a new bout in the near future.
Machida and Henderson fought before in 2013 and the latter lost the bout via split decision.
Recently Tony Ferguson was forced to drop out of a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov as a result of a lung injury. Nurmagomedov is scheduled to fight replacement Darrell Horcher.