The UFC’s upcoming schedule has lost another star, as the promotion’s announced that Anderson Silva has been flagged for a potential doping violation, and will no longer fight Kelvin Gastelum on November 25th.
The two were scheduled to compete in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai.
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.
The former middleweight champ was suspended in 2015, after Silva tested positive for banned substances, following his bout with Nick Diaz. The Brazilian star denied knowingly taking PEDs.
This past week, it was reported both Frankie Edgar and Dominick Cruz have been forced out of December fights, due to injuries.