Machida-Henderson Fight Cancelled After Machida Admits Using Banned Substance
The co-main event for this weekend’s FOX UFC Fight Night has been cancelled after Lyoto Machida admitted using a banned substance.
Machida confessed to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he had used a prohibited substance but claimed he was unaware that it had been banned.
Machida made the revelation after he was tested ahead of his scheduled fight with Dan Henderson this weekend.
“The UFC organization was made aware today by 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, ” UFC officials stated on Wednesday.
“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.”
Because the incident occurred with only three days to go until the scheduled fight, there was no chance to find a replacement to fight Dan Henderson.
Henderson was understandably upset at the late cancellation and took to Twitter to vent his fury.
P.O.S. -No respect https://t.co/03O5oM7sM9
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) April 13, 2016
“Given this information, UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa, Fla, ” a UFC official stated.
It is understood that Henderson will be rebooked on a new UFC card soon.