UFC legend Anderson Silva pulled from Shanghai card over failed drug test

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UFC legend Anderson Silva has been pulled from an upcoming fight card after failing an out-of-competition drug test.

Silva was due to fight Kelvin Gastelum at Fight Night Shanghai later this month but the UFC announced he tested positive in a sample collected on October 26.

Silva, 42, has been provisionally suspended and is now facing a full suspension from USADA, pending the adjudication and results management processes. The UFC did not reveal what banned substance Silva had tested positive too.

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This is not Silva’s first failed drugs test.

The former longtime UFC middleweight champion also failed a pre-fight drug test and an out-of-competition drug test around his UFC 183 fight against Nick Diaz in 2015. Silva tested positive for the steroids drostanolone and androsterone. The results of the test were not available until after the event, so the fight went on as planned.

Silva won the fight via unanimous decision, but that result was later overturned to a no contest.

Silva was handed a one-year suspension and $US380,000 fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for the 2015 failure, which he claimed was the result of a tainted sexual enhancer.

The UFC is searching for a replacement opponent for Gastelum.

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