The former UFC middleweight champs career be at risk after being flagged for a potential anti-doping misdemeanor ahead of UFC Fight Night 122
Anderson Silva’s career is in jeopardy after the former UFC middleweight champ flunked a Usada out-of-competition drug test, causing a provisional expulsion and removal from the organization’s first ever card 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 flagged for a censored element, the UFC announced Friday. The advertising did not mark in a brief statement the substance in question.
While Silva is considered innocent pending the test of his B test, the UFC said the proximity of the show means he’s been removed immediately and they will be seeking a replacement adversary for Gastelum.
A confirmed positive measure would observe Silva’s first irreverence since the UFC enrolled Usada as the independent executive of the promotion’s anti-doping plan, but the Brazilian too failed an in-competition narcotic exam for the steroids drostanolone and androsterone stemming from his fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January 2015, which marked his first be fighting after losing a awful leg hurt in 2013.
That earned him a one-year exclusion and $380,000 penalty from the Nevada Athletic Commission despite his insistence that he’d never knowingly taken performance-enhancing narcotics, instead accusing the positive experiment on a tainted male-enhancement product from Thailand.
Silva braced the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 through 2013, the longest title reign in the promotion’s 24 -year history, which included runnings of 16 consecutive prevails and 10 straight designation securities. 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 proscribe for the purposes of 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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