Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was pulled from the UFC Fight Night Shanghai in the main event against Kelvin Gastelum due to the failed drug test by USADA.
Michael Bisping, a former UFC middleweight champion agrees to step in to fill Anderson Silva for UFC Fight Night on November 25, recently lost his highest title against Georges St-Pierre a week ago at UFC 217.
The UFC released the statement on Silva’s removal from UFC Shanghai following flagged by USADA due to the anti-doping violation.
“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.”
Earlier today, Anderson Silva released the statement on his removal from the UFC Shanghai event.
Thanks for all your support! A big kiss for everyone and see you soon. pic.twitter.com/nvoZTJkwct
— Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) November 15, 2017
“The spider” promised to continue pursuing his passion “no matter what happens.” or will not stop doing what he loves due to the current situation.