The former UFC middleweight champions 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 champion flunked a Usada out-of-competition drug test, inducing a provisional dangling and removal from the organization’s first ever poster 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 flagged for a censored substance, 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 immediately and they will be seeking a permutation adversary for Gastelum.
A justified positive exam would mark Silva’s first violation since the UFC secured Usada as the independent executive of the promotion’s anti-doping policy, but the Brazilian also neglected an in-competition dope measure 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 digesting a awful leg hurt in 2013.
That payed him a one-year expulsion and $380,000 penalty from the Nevada Athletic Commission despite his insistence that he’d never intentionally taken performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals, instead blaming the positive test on a tainted male-enhancement product from Thailand.
Silva comprised the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 through 2013, the longest deed predominate in the promotion’s 24 -year history, which included guides of 16 consecutive winnings and 10 straight entitlement 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 stages win over Derek Brunson in February- and would face a minimum two-year prohibition for the purposes of the UFC’s anti-doping programme if Usada chooses to treat him as a second-time offender, effectively pointing his career.
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