Anderson Silva pulled from UFC Shanghai following flagged anti-doping test.
The greatest fighter in UFC history has had an anti-doping test flagged, again. He has been provisionally suspended pending an investigation, and thus was removed from a fight with Kelvin Gastelum on November 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, China.
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.
Given the number of USADA anti-doping test failures that ended up being in error, Silva has the presumption of innocence. It’s difficult, however, when the fighter has already failed a test previously.
Silva was suspended for a year after failing a test that he uncompellingly attributed to a bootleg erectile dysfunction drug he took in Thailand.