UFC: Middleweight Legend Anderson Silva Flagged for Anti-Doping Violation

Anderson Silva flagged for potential doping violation pulled from UFC Fight Night 122

That leaves UFC Shanghai without a main event.

The results come from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 26, 2017.

Silva has since returned and fought three times without issue.

Gastelum is expected to remain in the main event at this time because UFC officials are seeking a replacement for him to fight.

Moments after UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor jumped into the cage at Bellator 187 and shoved referee Marc Goddard before slapping a security guard, news has come that another UFC superstar has been flagged for his second potential USADA violation.

Former UFC middleweight champion and all-time great Anderson Silva has been pulled from a November 25 fight against Kelvin Gastelum due to a potential doping violation, according to UFC.

UFC announced Friday that Anderson Silva has been removed from his scheduled fight against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night on November 25 in Shanghai, China, due to a potential anti-doping policy violation. 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.

It's unclear what Silva tested positive for, or how long he could potentially be suspended.

Silva could face up to a four-year suspension as he is now considered a repeat offender, but a thorough investigation will happen before punishment is given.

The UFC states it is now looking for a replacement opponent for Gastelum, who is set to headline UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai.

Silva previously failed drug tests in 2015 following his win over Nick Diaz, which was subsequently overturned to a "no-contest".

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