Remember when Lyoto Machida was our hero, back when he was a UFC champ and karate man who somehow made all that traditional martial values work in the cage? Yeah, those days are gone. Long gone.
Today it was announced that “The Dragon” admitted to taking a banned substance, and as a consequence, his bout on Saturday night against Dan Henderson at UFC on FOX 19 is off.
Here’s the UFC’s official statement on the matter:
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.