The former UFC middleweight champs career is in jeopardy after being pennant for a potential anti-doping irreverence ahead of UFC Fight Night 122
Anderson Silva’s career is in jeopardy after the former UFC middleweight endorse miscarried a Usada out-of-competition drug test, inducing a provisional dangling and removal from the organization’s first ever placard in mainland China later this month.
Silva, 42, had been scheduled to meet Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122 at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, but an out-of-competition sample collected on 26 October was pennant for a banned element, the UFC announced Friday. The promotion did not indicate in a brief statement the substance in question.
While Silva is considered innocent pending the testing of his B test, the UFC said the proximity of the show means he’s been removed instantly and they will be seeking a permutation antagonist for Gastelum.
A demonstrated positive exam would distinguish Silva’s first abuse since the UFC enlisted Usada as the independent executive of the promotion’s anti-doping plan, but the Brazilian also neglected an in-competition dope test for the steroids drostanolone and androsterone stemming from his fighting against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January 2015, which marked his first fight back after tolerating a horrendous leg injury in 2013.
That earned him a one-year dangling and $380,000 penalty from the Nevada Athletic Commission despite his insistence that he’d never knowingly taken performance-enhancing narcotics, instead blaming the positive test on a tainted male-enhancement concoction from Thailand.
Silva propped the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 through 2013, a long time entitlement reign in the promotion’s 24 -year history, which included ranges of 16 consecutive triumphs and 10 straight name protections. He’s widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, if not the greatest.
But he’s won just once in the last five years- a levels win over Derek Brunson in February- and would face a minimum two-year forbidding under the UFC’s anti-doping program if Usada chooses to treat him as a second-time offender, effectively purposing his career.
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