Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is off Saturday’s UFC on FOX 19 card after admitting to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used a banned substance.
Machida admitted the usage during an out-of-competition testing last week, stating that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition.
The UFC has made changes to reflect the new card, as Machida was set to face Dan Henderson in the co-main event.
A statement from the UFC and the current lineup can both be found below:
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 posted a statement of his own on social media regarding the news:
I’m here to tell you that I was caught by surprise by this news. It has been very dificult for me. I’ve trained a lot for this fight, I’ve dedicated a lot with all my team mates. I want to tell you that I really didn’t know about this substance, so I listed it on my declaration form amongst everything else I was taking, and this substance was recently banned in 2016, so I take the blame for not knowing that, and I’d like to say I’m really sorry and apologize to my fans, team mates, and my family… I always try to play by the book, but unfortunately this happened.
MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)
Light Heavyweight: Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira
Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
Catchweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher
Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX/6 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Chiesa
Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington
Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan
Welterweight: Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves
Welterweight: Cezar Ferreira vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Welterweight: Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski