The former UFC middleweight champs career is in jeopardy after being flagged 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 miscarried a Usada out-of-competition drug test, inspiring a provisional suspension 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 pennant for a banned substance, the UFC announced Friday. The advertisement did not indicate in a brief statement the substance in question.
While Silva is considered innocent pending the test of his B test, the UFC said here proximity of the show means he’s been removed immediately and they will be seeking a replacing opponent for Gastelum.
A proved positive measure would distinguish Silva’s first contravention since the UFC procured Usada as the independent executive of the promotion’s anti-doping programme, but the Brazilian also failed an in-competition dose experiment 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 losing a awful leg harm in 2013.
That deserved him a one-year postponement and $380,000 fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission despite his insistence that he’d never deliberately taken performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals, instead accusing the positive research on a tainted male-enhancement concoction from Thailand.
Silva comprised the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 through 2013, a long time entitle predominate in the promotion’s 24 -year history, which included ranges of 16 consecutive winnings and 10 straight entitlement 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 items win over Derek Brunson in February- and would face a minimum two-year prohibit under the UFC’s anti-doping policy if Usada chooses to treat him as a second-time offender, effectively ceasing his career.
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