UFC President Dana White: Ex-champ Anderson Silva 'radio silent' since potential USADA violation

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UFC President Dana White hasn’t spoken to Anderson Silva since the former longtime UFC champ was hit with a potential anti-doping violation from U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in mid-November.

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) was scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 122 this past month, which took place in Shanghai and marked the organization’s debut in mainland China. Several weeks out from his planned bout with Kelvin Gastelum, though, news broke “The Spider” had failed a drug test.

Although Silva has long been one of the UFC’s biggest names who White has largely shared a good relationship with, the UFC boss revealed at a recent media luncheon in Las Vegas that he has yet to speak with the Brazilian about the matter.

“Obviously (I was) bummed out,” White told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during the Q&A. “I was bummed out. I don’t know. They’ve been pretty radio silent. I talked to Ed Soares a couple times and he hadn’t even really talked to Anderson.”

Silva has only made a brief statement about the situation on social media. He claimed innocence in the matter and hoped to find out the substance which caused him to fail a test ended up in his system.

Despite officially having the right to due process, Silva’s history with a failed drug test following a January 2015 bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 hurt his credibility in the eyes of the public. Even Silva’s fellow Brazilian and former UFC champion Jose Aldo said the situation diminishes Silva’s legacy “a lot.”

Silva, 42, has had one of the most decorated careers in UFC history. Among others, he still holds the company record for most consecutive octagon victories at 16.

For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Coach: Anderson Silva innocent; tainted supplement caused failed drug test

Upon finding out last month that he’d been flagged for a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation, Anderson Silva immediately proclaimed his innocence to strength and conditioning coach Rogerio Camoes.

“I’ve been with Anderson for many years,” Camoes said Tuesday on Brazilian TV show “Revista Combate,” “and when we talked the first thing he told me was, ‘Master, I didn’t take anything.’”

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) was flagged Nov. 10 for a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 26. As a result, Silva was removed from his UFC Fight Night 122 headliner vs. Kelvin Gastelum, who went on to defeat replacement opponent Michael Bisping on Nov. 25 in Shanghai.

The last time Silva addressed the situation, he said he was “working very closely with USADA to find out the reason” for his failed drug.

Camoes said Silva and his team learned of the failed test through the media, calling it “drastic” and “very tense” to get the news as they prepared to travel to China for UFC Fight Night 122.

“I believe and trust his word,” Camoes said. “Anderson is a very mature guy, very experienced. And he’s aware that – he wouldn’t use something and risk getting suspended and getting his image tarnished. So we believe in contamination of some product or supplement. All the products that he used will be analyzed, so we can possibly prove there was contamination. The process is slow. It’s not overnight. It requires time and investment. It’s very expensive.”

Although this latest potential violation is Silva’s first under the USADA program, “The Spider” is potentially a repeat offender. He failed a drug test around the time of his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz in January 2015 before USADA partnered with the UFC.

Silva was handed a one-year suspension and $380,000 fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his 2015 failure, which he claimed was the result of a tainted sexual enhancer. It appears Silva will be using a similar defense again in this case.

Camoes has come under fire from critics who point to him has being responsible for Silva’s failed test, which he responded to directly.

“I believe that people who’ve known me for a while and follow my work know that I’d be the last person to do this,” Camoes said. “First, because I know anabolic steroids from A to Z. I’m a bodybuilder. The first doping (test) I did in my life was in 1987 at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. I was on the judo team competing internationally. I was tested for 10 years of my life. So I know it from A to Z.

“I’d be the last person to tell someone to take something and get caught. Unless I was crazy, I’d be the last person to encourage Anderson to do something like that. On the contrary, I’m the one who’s the most concerned about that.”

Silva, 43, has insisted he will continue fighting, a sentiment echoed by Camoes despite “The Spider” looking at a likely suspension of more than six months.

“I think in life, when something is taken from you, you start wanting and valuing it more,” Camoes said. “He’s always saying, ‘I want to fight.’ The thing he wants the most is to fight. So I think he will go back to fighting. I find it unlikely that he won’t fight again. Before this happened, I remember talking to (Luiz) Dorea (boxing coach) and I said, ‘This guy still fights for another three, four years. This is a man who’ll fight until he’s 45, 46.’ He was like a kid – so happy.

“I think everything will be clarified. Of course, there will be a penalty. There’s no way there won’t be. We know USADA’s rules with doping. Even if it’s contamination, the fighter is responsible for what he takes. He needs to be careful with that.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jose Aldo: If proven guilty, Anderson Silva's 2nd drug-test failure diminishes legacy 'a lot'

Jose Aldo has been quick to defend former longtime UFC champion Anderson Silva during many of his career trials and tribulations. He has a difficult time standing by his fellow Brazilian this time, though.

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), the former UFC middleweight champion, was flagged with a potential doping violation from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency earlier this month, forcing him out of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 headliner in Shanghai. If proven guilty, it would be the second drug-testing infraction of Silva’s career and a critical blow to the legacy of a fighter once argued by many as MMA’s greatest of all time.

Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who challenges Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) for the UFC featherweight title Dec. 2 in the UFC 218 main event at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, said he’s trying his hardest to keep an open mind until all the facts are in. However, he can’t help but speculate on how the world will see Silva if the test results are accurate.

“Whether you like it or not, it does diminish it a lot,” Aldo told MMAjunkie on Monday at a UFC 218 media day in Rio de Janeiro. “He’s an idol for us. For those who are in the MMA community, not so much, but for the fans, yes (it hurts his legacy). They have a different view. And he got caught twice. If it were once, we could maybe say something. But twice, it could condemn him to that. It could taint a career that, for me, was one of the best.”

Aldo has watched what has happened to Silva, as well as many other high-profile fighters who have failed drug tests during their careers, and taken away serious lessons to apply to himself. “Scarface” has never tested positive for a banned substance in more than 13 years as a professional fighter, and he said it’s because he’s done his due-diligence.

There was a point when Aldo was viewed as perhaps the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world while he was nearly untouchable in the cage for more than 10 years. He wants history to look kindly on his accomplishments and contributions to the sport, and said that’s more difficult to do with fighters who have drug-testing blemishes on their records.

Aldo claims to be a clean athlete, and whether Silva’s incident was a misunderstanding or because of blatant cheating, he said he never wants to be in the same position.

“I think this taints someone’s entire career,” Aldo said. “Many fans and reporters, people in the MMA community, they now say Anderson was the champion because he was doping all along. This really taints someone’s career. So I try to take every precaution and do everything the right way. Before starting a camp, I e-mail (the World Anti-Doping Agency) and USADA saying everything I’m going to take and then, when they say it’s OK, we start. I think that’s a precaution that not just me, but every athlete should take.”

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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What happened to Anderson Silva, and why don't we seem to care?

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You know the weirdest part about Anderson Silva’s most recent drug test failure? It’s the silence. It’s all the stuff that’s not being said, both by him and by us.

For instance, look at the timeline of events. On Nov. 10, UFC officials announce he’s been flagged for an undisclosed substance stemming from a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) test from October, and so now he’s off Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 fight card in Shanghai. This news is quickly bumped out of the spotlight by the news that Michael Bisping will be replacing him at the UFC event – and only three weeks removed from his title loss at UFC 217.

Then several days go by. No word from Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC). No public statement. No plea to his fans.

On Nov. 14, he speaks. Or rather, he posts a message on Instagram in which he thanks his fans, his coaches, and God. He vows not to quit fighting. He ends promising “a big kiss for everyone and see you soon.”

No mention whatsoever of the drug test. Like, doesn’t even acknowledge that he failed one, or that his fight off, or that this is his second failed test in less than three years. If your only source of Silva news was Silva’s social media feed, you’d have no idea what he was even talking about.

But a couple days later, another social media statement. This one is more formal. Instead of essentially a prolonged caption on a stock training photo, this one is a message to fans that’s signed by Silva. In it, he actually acknowledges that he failed a drug test and says his “medical team is working very closely with USADA to find out the reason” for his test result.

“I have been fighting for the past 20 years and always try to be an example to my fans and to my sport…” Silva writes. “Again, I want to thank all of you for your support and hope to see you soon for my next fight.”

At the bottom there’s a picture of Silva, looking serious and sitting cross-legged. Around his waist he’s wearing the UFC championship belt that hasn’t been his since 2013.

What’s interesting about his response is that, while it took him roughly a week and two different social media statements to even reference the existence of a drug testing issue, he never explicitly denied anything.

There were no passionate claims of innocence, no pleas for us to refrain from jumping to conclusions. He didn’t cop to it or apologize, but he didn’t pound on the table and swear he was clean, either.

And the strange thing about all that? It’s that fans barely seem to care. This is the former UFC middleweight champ, the consensus pick for best 185-pounder of all time, not to mention one of the pound-for-pound best to ever do it in this sport, and suddenly he has more drug test failures than wins in the past three years of his career, and it’s barely even news.

Remember when we heard about his first failure, following the Nick Diaz fight at UFC 183? People were heartbroken. Among the younger generation of fighters who had grown up worshipping Silva, it was like finding out that Yoda had been secretly using the dark side of the force.

But back then there was an easy explanation, even if Silva himself refused to embrace it. The Diaz bout was his first fight back after a gruesome leg injury. He was closing in on 40, trying to whip his body back into shape after one of the most sickening injuries ever seen in the UFC. Under those circumstance, you could maybe forgive him for turning to banned pharmaceuticals (or, as he would later claim, to a mysterious marital aid that a friend picked up in Thailand) for help getting back in the cage.

What are we supposed to think now, though? This is Silva, at age 42, coming off a win over Derek Brunson and heading into a fight with former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum. If he was doping for that, do we tell ourselves that it’s a recent development in his life, or an old habit dying hard?

As members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission pointed out when Silva’s team launched their infamous “Thai sex juice” defense, this is a former champion who had the advantage of fighting most of his career without the threat of random, out-of-competition drug tests. How can we not be suspicious now that, in the era of more sophisticated anti-doping measures, he keeps failing tests and losing fights?

But aside from critiques from rivals like Bisping, who insisted that Silva has “completely destroyed his legacy,” you don’t hear much of a reaction from fans. It’s as if, having already decided that Silva is an middleweight of the past but not one who matters in the present, we’d rather just not think about him right now. Better to ignore it all than have to go back and revise our memories of his former glory.

And if that’s where we’re at, it could be that the looming suspension doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to us. Depending on how USADA decides to treat him, Silva could be looking at anywhere from a two- to four-year ban, either of which could essentially be a career-ender at his age.

For a guy who has thus far refused to leave the sport even as it continues to leave him further and further behind, maybe that’s what it’s going to take. And if we could avert our eyes just long enough to see him shuffled into storage, maybe that’s a not-so happy ending that we’d accept, just so we don’t have to deal with questions we might not want answers to.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Anderson Silva 'working very closely with USADA' to figure out failed drug test

For the second time in three days, Anderson Silva has addressed his potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy on Twitter.

Silva today tweeted a message to his fans, thanking them for support and saying his medical team “is working very closely with (the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) to find out the reason” for his failed drug test (via Twitter).

To All my fans,

Thank you so much for all of the support you have shown me over the past week. This means a lot to both my family and I…I just want to keep you updated on what’s going on now. My medical team is working very closely with USADA to find out the reason for my suspension of UFC SHANGHAI… hopefully we will get more news very soon. I have been fighting for the past 20 years and always try to be an example to my fans and to my spot ….

Again, I want to thank all of you for your support and hope to see you soon for my next fight…

“The Spider”

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) was flagged last week for a potential anti-doping violating stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 26. As a result, Silva was removed from UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25 in Shanghai. He was replaced by Michael Bisping, who will now face Kelvin Gastelum in the FS1-televised main event.

Silva, 42, broke his silence earlier this week, saying in a separately tweeted statement that he “will not give up” on continuing his MMA career.

Although this latest potential violating is Silva’s first under the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency program, “The Spider” is potentially a repeat offender. He failed a drug test around the time of his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz in January 2015 before USADA partnered with the UFC.

Silva was handed a one-year suspension and $380,000 fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his 2015 failure, which he claimed was the result of a tainted sexual enhancer.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Bisping sees 'win-win' in UFC-Shanghai meeting with Gastelum – who isn't mad, either

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It was touch-and-go there for a second, but Kelvin Gastelum isn’t mad about the way things have turned out.

In fact, apart from probably Anderson Silva, UFC Fight Night 122’s headlining matchup seems to be sitting well with all parties involved.

Gastelum was originally supposed to continue his legend-hunting mission opposite former 185-pound kingpin Silva in Shanghai on Nov. 25 when, about two weeks out, a drug test failure by the ex-champ put a damper on everyone’s plans. (via Twitter)

Losing not only one of its headliners, but also an ex-champ with a big name certainly felt like a hit to the UFC’s debut in mainland China. Then, in what turned out to be quite the turn of events, another man with a name and former champion credentials stepped in.

Now, as he prepares to meet Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) doesn’t think he lost anything by missing out on the twice-scrapped meeting with Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) – in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

“I only feel like it’s an advantage career-wise,” Gastelum said during a media day call ahead of the FS1-televised middleweight bout. “Mike is obviously a former champion, and he’s highly ranked, and his position in the UFC is very high. So this is a great move for my career.

“If I win this fight, it will put me up high in the rankings, and I’ll be in the conversation to fight for the title. That’s ultimately my goal. He’s ranked No. 2 (in the official UFC rankings), fresh off his title fight with ‘GSP.’ I feel like this is an even better fight for my career, and I expect it to be a tough fight.”

It makes sense that Gastelum appreciates the matchup. After all, not only did he get to keep the headliner he’d been preparing for – he got to keep its prestige, too. After a TKO win over Vitor Belfort – which was later overturned after Gastelum tested positive for marijuana metabolites – and a UFC on FOX 25 loss to Chris Weidman, Gastelum now prepares to meet his third ex-UFC-champ in a row.

It’s a different story for Bisping. To say he’s coming into the bout fresh off a title-costing loss to Georges St-Pierre is an understatement, as the two bouts will only be three weeks part. Not to mention, he’s facing an opponent who’s coming off a loss, and, although promising, has yet to prove himself at the 185-pound division.

For Bisping himself, though, taking this one on was a pretty easy call.

“I don’t see how I could’ve turned this down,” Bisping said. “I honestly think this is a win-win situation for me. I get to go out there, get back in the win column hopefully, put on a great fight, show what I’m capable of, and I get paid again. It’s all positive from my perspective.”

If anything, clarifying he’s “A-OK” and has been cleared by the doctors following the painful submission loss that cost him the belt and a put an end to a five-fight winning streak, Bisping welcomes the chance to re-route.

“Obviously (UFC 217) didn’t go my way,” Bisping said. “The best way to rectify that is to get straight back on the horse, so to speak, try to get back in the win column. Physically I’m totally fine, 100 percent fine. Mentally, of course, I’m a little pissed off.

“I want to rectify that and exorcise my demons. Best way to do that: I’m a professional fighter. Get back in the cage and fight again.”

As for 42-year-old Silva, who’d already served an USADA-issued suspension due to a failed test in 2015? Well, it’s hard to tell from the overall cryptic tone of his single statement on the matter, but it would appear we haven’t seen the last of him yet. (via Twitter)

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Michael Bisping: Anderson Silva 'completely destroyed' legacy with second failed drug test

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Michael Bisping always has spoken highly of fellow former middleweight champion Anderson Silva – until now.

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) last week was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy, forcing his removal from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner vs. Kelvin Gastelum. As a result, Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) stepped in to fight Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the Nov. 25 FS1-televised headliner in Shanghai, China, just three weeks removed from losing his title at UFC 217.

Bisping on Wednesday sounded upbeat during a media call in speaking about the opportunity in front of him on such short notice. But when asked how he felt about Silva’s stature in MMA following the second failed drug test of his career, Bisping struck a different tone.

“Well, he completely destroyed his legacy in my opinion,” Bisping said. “A lot of people have a short memory, and they’ll just remember his performances. His performances were great, but if you test positive for steroids twice? Once, you can talk your way out of it. Twice, I think the nail’s in the coffin.”

Silva has been in the discussion for “greatest of all time” for many years because of his longstanding reign as the UFC’s 185-pound champion. He won the title from Rich Franklin on Oct. 14, 2006, with a “Knockout of the Night” and then proceeded to defend the belt 10 straight times over the span of nearly six years. That stood as the record until flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson scored his 11th straight title defense last month at UFC 216.

After losing the belt to Chris Weidman and suffering a broken leg in their rematch, Silva, 42, failed a drug test around the time of his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz in January 2015 before USADA partnered with the UFC. Silva was handed a one-year suspension and $380,000 fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for that failure, which he claimed was the result of a tainted sexual enhancer.

For Bisping, who defeated Silva in a Feb. 2016 “Fight of the Night” at UFC Fight Night 84, the writing is on the wall.

“The guy was a cheat, and it’s a shame. It’s really, really disappointing,” Bisping said. “I was a huge fan of Anderson Silva. It’s just disappointing, and it’s a black eye to the sport of MMA.”

Gastelum had a hard time disagreeing.

“It’s not like I dislike Anderson, or I like him,” Gastelum said. “I feel indifferent about him. To me, it wasn’t surprising that he got caught. … I feel like he definitely tarnished his legacy with this. It is what it is, and the show must go on.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Anderson Silva breaks silence after potential USADA violation: 'I will not give up'

Anderson Silva has broken his silence.

The former UFC middleweight champion last week was notified of a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy, causing his removal from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner vs. Kelvin Gastelum.

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) had yet to speak up – until tonight, declaring in a tweeted statement that he “will not give up” and “nothing changes my plans” as far as continuing his MMA career at age 42.

Obviously I think everything is part of a process of evolution. With each passing day, I can learn more about who I am. I’m here to thank all my fans, especially my coaches and all the contributors for this long journey. I can’t express my feelings and how sad I am, because we all invest love, passion and time in this camp. I don’t know exactly the plans of God for me. But anyway, I can only thank him and all of you for the love and affection. Nothing is more gratifying at this moment than having you by my side. I will not give up, much less stop doing what I love. Not because of fame or money, it’s because I love to fight. So no matter what happens from now on, nothing changes. My plans are the same. Nothing has changed. A big kiss for everyone and see you soon.

Although it’s Silva’s first potential violation under the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency program, “The Spider” is potentially a repeat offender. He failed a drug test around the time of his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz in January 2015 before USADA partnered with the UFC.

Silva was handed a one-year suspension and $380,000 fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his 2015 failure, which he claimed was the result of a tainted sexual enhancer.

As a result of Silva’s forced withdrawal, Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will now meet Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai China and airs on FS1.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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From company man to champ and back again, Michael Bisping's latest booking brings him full circle

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A little more than a week ago Michael Bisping was the UFC middleweight champ, headlining one of the year’s biggest pay-per-views in Madison Square Garden. A little less than two weeks from now, he’ll step into the cage to do the UFC a solid as a replacement opponent against Kelvin Gastelum in a UFC Fight Pass-only event in Shanghai.

If this isn’t the very definition of coming full circle, you have to admit it’s impressively close. From company man to champion and back again, and the last stage of the transformation seems to have happened in record time.

You can understand why. Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) is closing in on 40, both in age and number of professional fights. He also has a bit of a bad taste in his mouth after getting dropped and choked out in the biggest fight of his life, and the only cure he knows for that particular hangover is a little hair of the dog that bit him.

So why not, right? There are worse gigs than filling in for Anderson Silva, who got scratched from the UFC Fight Night 122 main event when he failed his second drug test in less than three years.

For Bisping, there’s also a sort of poetry in that. After years of telling us he was one of the division’s best clean fighters all while we told him that he’d get murdered by an all-time great like Silva, it’s Bisping still standing (then getting knocked down, and then standing again) in the USADA era of the UFC.

And now that he’s free of the shackles of the middleweight title, he can go back to being his true self: a hard-headed bloke who likes to step up, scrap, and get paid. Because you don’t win 20 fights in the UFC if you prefer staying home on the couch.

But something about this one feels different. For one, there’s the insanely quick turnaround that seems almost purposely designed to remind us all how completely un-seriously this sport treats its own safeguards. If all goes as planned here, the guy who got a 30-day medical suspension after getting flattened by a Georges St-Pierre left hand and then put to sleep by a choke will go just 21 days between professional fights.

Then there’s the giant step down. Gastelum is a quality fighter and legit potential contender at middleweight, but facing him on short notice like this, and on the lowest tier of UFC programming, is typically journeyman work. It’s not the kind of thing you’d expect of a man who was king of the division earlier in the same calendar month.

It’s also not without risk. Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC)? He can hurt you, especially if you come in still sore – physically and mentally – from a beating whose bruises are still fresh. Losing this fight would also pose a risk to Bisping’s legacy, especially since his time as champ wasn’t exactly overflowing with glory.

But then, how concerned do you expect him to be with stuff like that? Fan perception, the physical tolls rapid-fire bouts, these are all things he’s willed himself to ignore over more than a decade in the UFC. He’s not about to change now, not when he’s so close to the end.

That end must be near, as even Bisping has acknowledged off and on in recent months. After losing his belt to GSP, he said he couldn’t retire on that kind of ending. Turning right around for a Fight Night bout three weeks later makes you wonder what exactly he’s after.

Is this just a quest for one win – any win – so he can end on a high note? Is it just about scooping up paychecks before they stop falling from the sky? Is there some specific destination that Bisping is actually trying to get to in his post-title era, or is it more about where he doesn’t want to go, namely riding into the sunset as a former UFC fighter.

For some fighters, there’s no cure-all quite like signing that next bout agreement, and not just because it gives them something to look forward to, but also because it doesn’t ask them to look too far ahead.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) has been notified of a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy and has been pulled from a planned UFC Fight Night 122 headliner with Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC).

UFC officials today announced the finding – which stemmed from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 26 – from the promotion’s independent administrator of the policy, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

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.

Although it’s his first potential violation under the USADA program, “The Spider” is potentially a repeat offended after he failed a drug test around the time of his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz in January 2015.

Silva was handed a one-year suspension and $380,000 fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his 2015 failure, which he claimed was the result of a tainted sexual enhancer.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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