The former UFC middleweight endorses career is in jeopardy after being flagged for a potential anti-doping violation ahead of UFC Fight Night 122
Anderson Silva’s career is in jeopardy after the former UFC middleweight champion neglected 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 test collected on 26 October was pennant for a banned element, the UFC announced Friday. The publicity did not expres in a short 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 replacement rival for Gastelum.
A justified positive research would label Silva’s first misdemeanour since the UFC enlisted Usada as the independent administrator of the promotion’s anti-doping programme, but the Brazilian likewise flunked an in-competition dope exam for the steroids drostanolone and androsterone stemming from his fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January 2015, which marked his first fight down after tolerating a gruesome leg harm in 2013.
That payed him a one-year dangling and $380,000 penalty from the Nevada Athletic Commission despite his insistence that he’d never purposely taken performance-enhancing dopes, instead accusing the positive test on a tainted male-enhancement make from Thailand.
Silva viewed the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 through 2013, the longest entitlement predominate in the promotion’s 24 -year history, which included guides of 16 consecutive prevails and 10 straight claim 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 degrees win over Derek Brunson in February- and would face a minimum two-year restriction for the purposes of the UFC’s anti-doping plan if Usada chooses to treat him as a second-time offender, effectively dissolving his career.
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