Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion has been flagged for a potential drug test failure by USADA according to the UFC who released the following statement moments ago:
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.
UFC on Fox 19 is scheduled for April 16, 2016 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
With Machida vs. Henderson of UFC on FOX 19 this weekend, the card now looks like this:
Main Card (Fox)
Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher
Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
Preliminary Card (Fox)
Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Chiesa
Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington
Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
John Dodson vs. Manvel Gamburyan
Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves
Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
Cezar Ferreira vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Omari Akhmedov