Nobody saw this one coming. Oh, wait, Gegard Mousasi sure did. On Wednesday, it was announced middleweight Lyoto Machida (pictures) admitted to taking a banned substance in last week’s out-of-competition random drug test. As a result, Saturday’s scrap against Dan Henderson has been canceled.
“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 UFC expressed in a statement statement. “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.”
Henderson, who already made the trek to Florida for the tango, will be rebooked for another date.
The UFC did not disclose what banned substance Machida consumed.
The UFC hired the USADA this past July to conduct year-round drug testing on their entire roster.
Under the UFC’s new policy, first-time offenders for performance-enhancing drug will receive a two-year ban, four years with “aggravating circumstance.” The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Marijuana and other recreational drugs will only be tested in-competition. These failed screenings will result in a one-year suspension, two years for aggravating circumstance. The suspension is doubled for the second offense and double of the second penalty on the third offense.
Previous failures could either count towards the new policy or steer the offenses towards the aggravated circumstances part of the policy.
Mousasi, who dropped a decision to Machida in 2014, previously accused the former UFC light heavyweight champion of taking banned substances.
This marks Machida’s first failed drug test in his career.
As the bout order currently stands, the 160-pound catchweight fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Darrell Horcher now serves as Saturday’s co-featured attraction.
The featherweight bout between Hacran Dias and Cub Swanson, which was originally slated to headline the prelims, has been promoted to the main card.
Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida hosts the festivities. FOX broadcasts the main card live starting at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Here is the show’s updated agenda:
(UFC Fight Pass 4PM ET/1PM PT)
Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
Cezar Ferreira vs. Caio Magalhaes
Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves
(Fox Sports 1 6PM ET/3PM PT)
Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington
Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan
Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush
(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Hacran Dias vs. Cub Swanson
Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher
Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira