The former UFC middleweight endorses career is in jeopardy after being pennant for a potential anti-doping misdemeanor ahead of UFC Fight Night 122
Anderson Silva’s career is in jeopardy after the former UFC middleweight champion failed a Usada out-of-competition drug test, spurring 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 banned essence, the UFC told Friday. The advertising did not indicate in a short statement the substance in question.
While Silva is considered innocent pending the test of his B sample, the UFC said here proximity of the show means he’s been removed immediately and they will be seeking a replacing foe for Gastelum.
A demonstrated positive experiment would commemorate Silva’s first breach since the UFC mobilized Usada as the independent executive of the promotion’s anti-doping plan, but the Brazilian likewise miscarried an in-competition dope test 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 suffering a horrific leg harm 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 deliberately taken performance-enhancing medicines, instead accusing the positive exam on a tainted male-enhancement commodity from Thailand.
Silva held the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 through 2013, a long time designation reign in the promotion’s 24 -year history, which included flows of 16 consecutive triumphs and 10 straight title 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 stages win over Derek Brunson in February- and would face a minimum two-year restriction under the UFC’s anti-doping program if Usada chooses to treat him as a second-time offender, effectively discontinuing his career.
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