Lyoto Machida Will Come Back For The Next Fight

Machida fans have still not lost hope in their champion.

After all, drug tests keep getting new guidelines and restrictions. With evolving norms and regulations, it is often difficult for fighters to keep up with the requirements. At the same time, fighters who get used to certain supplement intake cannot suddenly stop the same as it affects their performance levels and training. Most fans had been looking forward to the Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida fight that was supposed to come on this weekend. It was supposed to be part of UFC event that would have been showcased on Fox 19. The venue was in Tampa and it was a fight that was eagerly anticipated among the fans.

Machida might have been disappointed with the fight being called off, but he ensured that his fans knew what was happening. After all, it would be unfair to allow them to get the news of the fight being called off as Machida failed to conform to the drug test requirements. Hence, he also issued a statement to clarify the matter for the fans and the world at large. He issued a press release stating that he had been unaware of the changed rules and that the substance that he was on has been banned for use, both within the competition circles and outside.

Lyoto Machida Explains Himself About The Fight Called Off

Lyoto Machida is a UFC champion in the light heavyweight championship category; he could not have taken the test results lightly.

Fans need to know what happened and how the drug test was failed by him before the impending fight that was scheduled to take place between him and Dan Henderson.

For those who are not in the know, Machida was to take on his opponent in the UFC Fight Night 87. The event was scheduled for Saturday evening at Tampa, Florida. This encounter would have been the second encounter between the two opponents. However, DHEA was found in his system which led to the cancellation of the fight. As Lyoto talks about it, the substance was unknowingly present in one of the supplements consumed by him. Known as the Dragon of 22-7 caliber, Lyoto did not have any intention of tampering with his system. He admits that it was unknown to him that DHEA was present in his system.

He apologized and was regretful of missing the fight which his fans were eagerly looking forward to as well as his supporters and team mates, even his own family. He issued an official statement that he was caught by surprise when the results tested him positive for the banned substance as he had been unaware of the ingredient being present in his supplement.

Kennedy wants Lyoto Machida fight

Veteran Strike Force, Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC and military man Tim Kennedy may not be done with his Mixed Martial Arts career just yet, according to reports from UFC Tonight.

The last time the 35 year old entered into the cage in the UFC was in September 2014 when he suffered a knockout defeat at the hands of Yoel Romero Palacio at UFC 178 under extremely controversial circumstances.

And obviously, that defeat had an effect on the psyche of the American Sergeant and he does not want to bow out of the sport on the back of a defeat and feels that he has one more fight left in him. The opponent that Kennedy has in mind for that fight is former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

And as if that alone was not exciting enough, Kennedy wants to insert a little stipulation – the loser of the fight will have to pack his bags up and leave the UFC.

The Brazilian recently suffered a heavy defeat in a match for the number one contender’s slot for the UFC Middleweight Championship to Luke Rockhold via submission. Kennedy is currently in South Africa where he is filming a new television show and he has plenty of room in his schedule in the fall for a showdown against Lyoto Machida.

Lyoto Machida stands by Anderson Silva

When Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC legend Anderson Silva was hauled off for the use of performance enhancing drugs following his recent return to the promotion, it sent shockwaves down the Mixed Martial Arts world. And one man who was as surprised by the controversy as any was Lyoto Machida, Anderson’s long time friend and sparring partner.

Fans, friends and family have all rallied around the legendary Brazilian as they watched one of the most legendary careers in Mixed Martial Arts history implode and go up in flames. Anderson’s proclamations of innocence have all fallen on deaf ears with many questions remaining unanswered.

Lyoto Machida does not have the answers himself but he has stood beside his compatriot and friend and tried to help him get over the situation.

He said that he is very surprised and added that he believes that Anderson is the victim here; he is the story that will sell. He said that he prefers not to talk about this because it is a very difficult situation for Anderson Silva. He mentioned that he has a lot of confidence in his friend and he hopes he pulls through.

The Wait To See Who Lyoto Machida Is Pitted Against

It was Lyoto Machida who destroyed C.B. Dollaway last month at the UFC Fight Night 58 with a body kick before ending which was devastating enough. All this happened in the first round only. Even though the win doesn’t give him the immediate chance at the title, it will surely start his journey back up the line after he dropped a decision to Chris Weidman the 185-pound champion last summer.

The question that lies now are about who is the next person on the line? As the middleweight division is more like a rifle with talent, the obvious target is Luke Rockhold. Rockhold tweeted after the victory of Machida that he looked great and after Rockhold achieved the guillotine victory at the UFC Fight Night over the match against Michael Bisping last month, he tweeted to Dana White that he is ready whenever he is.