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Anderson Silva popped by USADA, pulled from UFC Shanghai

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Anderson Silva popped by USADA, pulled from UFC Shanghai

 

 

This just in – former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has been flagged for a potential doping violation following an out of competition drug test by USADA.

official release:

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.

At this time it’s unclear what he tested positive for at this time. Silva is to go through an arbitration that will let him deal with the test results and then settle on a penalty suspension.

This isn’t Silva’s first time popping for doping – in 2015 he was suspended for one year around UFC 183 testing.