Anderson Silva Issues Statement On PED Test

Anderson Silva has broken his silence following a positive drug test.

Last Friday, Silva was pulled from the UFC Shanghai main event against Kelvin Gastelum due to a failed USADA drug test. The former UFC middleweight champion released a statement Tuesday on social media addressing — though not directly — the situation.

Silva, expressed that he “will not give up” or stop doing what he loves due to the current situation.

“I can’t express how sad I am, because we all invest love, time and passion in this camp,” Silva said. “I don’t know exactly the plans of God for me. But anyway, I can only thank him and all of you.”

“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.”

Silva has tested positive in the past, as he was handed a one year suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission following an in-competition drug test in relation to his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz in 2015.

USADA will handle the adjudication process for Silva, who could be facing a longer-than-usual suspension due to the 2015 test. The substance that Silva tested positive for in the out-of-competition test, stemming from a sample collected on October 26th, has not been announced, per UFC and USADA policy.

On Sunday, Silva was replaced in the UFC Shanghai main event, slated for Nov. 24, by Michael Bisping, who just lost the middleweight title two weeks ago to Georges St-Pierre.

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