Dan Henderson was set to face Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 19 this weekend, but that fight has been cancelled after the Brazilian admitted to using a banned substance.
The Machida told the USADA that he had been taking the substance, and after the UFC was informed they took the decision to pull the fight from the card and issue a statement:
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,” the statement read. “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.
Machida's last opponent Gegard Mousasi had accused the man who defeated him of steroid use, and his planned opponent for this weekend has given his typically blunt view on the news:
P.O.S. -No respect https://t.co/03O5oM7sM9
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) April 13, 2016
"Piece of shit" seems fair after Henderson would have had to complete a full training camp only to be jilted at the altar. The UFC have confirmed that Henderson will fight on another event at a later date, and that Cub Swanson's fight with Harcan Dias will be bumped up from the prelims to the main card.
While it is a shame that the fight won't be going ahead, it's more of a shame that Machida has been on the juice. Poor show, Lyoto, what ever happened to drinking your own piss?