(Updated) Lyman Good Off UFC 205 Replaced w/Luque
By Edward Carbajal
Updated with news of Muhammad's replacement 10/31/2016
Belal Muhammad was almost without an opponent for UFC 205. The UFC was notified Monday of a potential Anti-Doping violation for Lyman Good, who was scheduled to face Muhammad at the UFC’s first event at Madison Square Garden in November. This is the first issue with what is considered the biggest card in UFC history. Issues can range from last minute injuries to violations like good has been “provisionally suspended” for.
UFC 200 was supposed to be their biggest card too and the week of the event, Jon Jones was removed for similar reasons. UFC 205 has three title fights on the line and the entire card was heavily stacked with fighters well known in the northeast for those that have followed MMA while it was banned in New York. Good is one of the fighters that has fought for a long time and pursued his passion for mixed martial arts during a time, in a location it was hard to do that. His removal from the card is sad for fans going to Madison Square Garden to root for the “home team” fighters.
The UFC has stated they are currently seeking a replacement to fight Muhammad.
See the UFC’s full statement on Good here.
An opponent was found quickly and Muhammad was pleased at how fast one was found for the iconic card in New York.
He will now be facing Vicente Luque (10-5-1) who has won his last three fights in the UFC. Muhammad is confident he will get his hand raised at UFC 205 according to his interview on Pure Evil MMA. Listen to his complete interview below a the 52:10 mark:
UFC Statement on Lyman Good|UFC.com