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Michael Bisping Steps in to Face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai

Anderson Silva flagged for potential doping violation pulled from UFC Fight Night 122 Anderson Silva flagged for potential doping violation pulled from UFC Fight Night 122
Kristopher Love | 12 November, 2017, 03:41

The UFC announced on Friday night that there was a potential violation in the test conducted by the US Anti-Doping Agency last month and that the Brazilian has been provisionally suspended. The results stem from an out-of-competition drug screening administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on October 26.

In 2015, Silva failed a pair of drug tests related to UFC 183, resulting in his unanimous-decision win over Nick Diaz getting changed to a no contest.

Silva was set to face Gastelum on November 25 from Shanghai, China in the main event.

Silva was slated to meet Kelvin Gastelum in the event's headlining bout on November 25 in Shanghai, China. 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.

This marks the second time in almost three years that Silva has been flagged for a potential violation, with his first coming back in January 2015. He would be forced to spend another year on the sidelines after his first drug testing failure, returning to action against Michael Bisping in February 2016.

Gastelum is looking for redemption in his own right after being submitted by Chris Weidman in July, and while he won't get to add one of the greatest of all time to his resume, he will still get the opportunity to add a former champion to that list. That victory put Dawson on a three fight win streak.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship's push into mainland China has been dealt a body blow overnight with the news that headliner and all-around mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva has failed another drugs test.