Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has been pulled from his upcoming main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night Shanghai in China due to a potential anti doping violation.
Anderson Silva failed an out of competition test collected on October 26 and has been provisionally suspended. This is the second time Silva has come under fire from USADA as he failed an in competition drugs test back in 2015 at UFC 183 when he fought Nick Diaz. The UFC has issued the following statement.
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.
Kelvin Gastaelum reacted to the news via his twitter account and will await a new opponent.
Breath……..inhale ……….exhale 😭 https://t.co/BTemZm5xeT
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 10, 2017