Former middleweight champion of the UFC, Anderson “The Spider” Silva has been hauled off the UFC Shanghai event after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified him of a potential violation related to an out-of-competition sample he provided them on October 26th.
Silva has been suspended from fighting by USADA and has been removed from the card, meaning his opponent Kelvin Gastelum will need to find a new dance partner.
The statement released by the UFC reads as follows:
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Anderson Silva of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 26, 2017. As a result, Silva has been provisionally suspended by USADA. Due to the proximity of Silva’s upcoming scheduled bout at UFC Fight Night, Shanghai, China on November 25, 2017, against Kelvin Gastelum, Silva has been removed from the card and UFC is currently seeking a replacement.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Silva. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
This marks the second failed drug test of Silva’s career. Silva tested positive back in 2015 after having fought Nick Diaz at UFC 183, with the anabolic steroids Drostanolone and Androstane being found in his system.
He was also found to have been taking Oxazepam and Temazepam in his samples and later admitted to taking benzodiazepines the night before his fight with Diaz to help him sleep. The former champion was suspended for a period of one year by USADA, as well as being fined his full win bonus and 30% of his show money, totalling $380,000.
The already extremely thin card, which will be the first event held by the UFC in Mainland China, is now looking even worse off unless the UFC can find a suitable replacement for Silva soon. “Platinum” Mike Perry has thrown his hat into the ring already on Twitter, offering to step in on just two weeks notice to face Gastelum.
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) November 10, 2017
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