Thanks to Lyoto Machida’s cheating ways, Dan Henderson (pictured) made the trek all the way to Tampa for nothing. However, it didn’t take long for the UFC to find Henderson his next opponent.
According to The Daily News, Henderson will meet Hector Lombard at UFC 199. In addition, strawweights Jessica Andrade and Jessica Penne were also reported for the June 4 lineup.
Henderson was slated to fight Machida Saturday, but on Wednesday Machida admitted to taking a banned substance during an out-of-competition drug test and was pulled from the bout.
Speaking of flunked drug tests, Lombard returned from a yearlong steroid suspension March’s TKO loss to Neil Magny.
Henderson has lost seven of his past nine fights, most recently getting knocked out by Vitor Belfort in November. Another devastating loss here and the 45-year-old might be forced to look for employment elsewhere if he wants to resume his illustrious career.
The Forum in Inglewood, California hosts the festivities. A pair of title tilts are slated to headline the show. Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defends his throne against Urijah Faber in the co-main event, while Chris Weidman gets an immediate rematch with middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in the main attraction.
Here is the show’s updated lineup:
John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne
Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz (UFC bantamweight champion)
Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold (UFC middleweight champion)