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 endorse neglected a Usada out-of-competition drug test, inducing a provisional exclusion 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 flagged for a censored essence, the UFC announced Friday. The promotion did not mark in a brief statement the substance in question.
While Silva is considered innocent pending the tests of his B test, the UFC said here proximity of the show means he’s been removed immediately and they will be seeking a permutation adversary for Gastelum.
A strengthened positive measure would distinguish Silva’s first misdemeanor since the UFC enlisted Usada as the independent administrator of the promotion’s anti-doping programme, but the Brazilian likewise neglected an in-competition pharmaceutical 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 back after losing a horrific leg injury in 2013.
That gave him a one-year exclusion and $380,000 fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission despite his insistence that he’d never knowingly taken performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals, instead blaming the positive exam on a tainted male-enhancement concoction from Thailand.
Silva contained the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 through 2013, a long time title reign in the promotion’s 24 -year history, which included controls of 16 consecutive winnings and 10 straight title defenses. 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 objects win over Derek Brunson in February- and would face a minimum two-year ban under the UFC’s anti-doping policy if Usada chooses to treat him as a second-time offender, effectively terminating his career.
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