Well, Lyoto Machida, at least you’re not alone now. On Friday, just hours after making weight for tomorrow’s lightweight scrap against Drew Dober, Islam Makhachev (pictured) was pulled from UFC on FOX 18 after “potentially” flunking an out-of-competition drug test.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Islam Makhachev of a potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation involving Meldonium, a prohibited substance, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection,” the UFC expressed in an official statement. “In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Makhachev has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Drew Dober from Saturday’s card in Tampa, Florida.
“The UFC Anti-Doping Program follows the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List of Substances, which is updated yearly. Meldonium was recently added to the WADA Prohibited List, which went into effect on January 1, 2016. WADA recently announced that they are currently conducting further studies of the substance which may influence how cases involving Meldonium are evaluated. In order to ensure Makhachev receives full and fair due process, USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will consider all relevant information before making any determinations.
Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Because Dober made weight, it is believed he will still receive his show money.
Machida, who was slated to co-headline tomorrow’s card against Dan Henderson, was pulled from the fight Wednesday after admitting to taking a banned substance during an out-of-competition drug test.
Machida and Makhachev are each facing at least two-year suspensions.
Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida hosts the festivities.
Here is Saturday’s revised agenda:
(UFC Fight Pass 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT)
Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
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