The former UFC middleweight endorses career is in jeopardy after being flagged for a potential anti-doping abuse ahead of UFC Fight Night 122
Anderson Silva’s career is in jeopardy after the former UFC middleweight endorse failed a Usada out-of-competition drug test, prompting a provisional exclusion 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 censored substance, the UFC announced Friday. The promotion did not indicate in a brief statement the substance in question.
While Silva is considered innocent pending the testing of his B sample, the UFC said the proximity of the show means he’s been removed immediately and they will be seeking a permutation opposing for Gastelum.
A supported positive exam would label Silva’s first misdemeanor since the UFC enrolled Usada as the independent executive of the promotion’s anti-doping programme, but the Brazilian too miscarried an in-competition stimulant experiment for the steroids drostanolone and androsterone stemming from his fighting against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January 2015, which marked his first fight down after sustaining a horrendous leg hurt in 2013.
That earned him a one-year suspension and $380,000 fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission despite his insistence that he’d never knowingly taken performance-enhancing doses, instead accusing the positive experiment on a tainted male-enhancement produce from Thailand.
Silva maintained the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 through 2013, the longest claim reign in the promotion’s 24 -year history, which included scampers of 16 consecutive acquires and 10 straight deed justifications. 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 places win over Derek Brunson in February- and would face a minimum two-year disallow under the UFC’s anti-doping plan if Usada chooses to treat him as a second-time offender, effectively aiming his career.
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