Kelvin Gastelum: Bisping a Better Fight for my Career Than Silva

Kelvin Gastelum saw a second opportunity at facing UFC legend Anderson Silva elude him but luckily Michael Bisping stepped up to save the day Gastelum has not shown any signs of regret following former UFC middleweight champion Bisping signing to squar…

Kelvin Gastelum saw a second opportunity at facing UFC legend Anderson Silva elude him but luckily Michael Bisping stepped up to save the day Gastelum has not shown any signs of regret following former UFC middleweight champion Bisping signing to square off against him in Shanghai, however. In fact, Gastelum appears to see Bisping as a […]

Anderson Silva Working With USADA To ‘Find Out Reason’ For Test Failure

Earlier this week, it was announced that former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva had once again been flagged by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for a potential anti-doping violation, forcing the UFC to pull him from his scheduled main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum at November 25’s UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, China. […]

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Earlier this week, it was announced that former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva had once again been flagged by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for a potential anti-doping violation, forcing the UFC to pull him from his scheduled main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum at November 25’s UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, China.

Following the news, Silva released the following statement:

“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.”

Now, “The Spider” has released a second statement via his official Twitter account indicating that his medical team is working with USADA to figure out what triggered the positive test and how it entered Silva’s system:

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”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Silva has dealt with a failed drug test. After his UFC 183 fight against Nick Diaz in January 2015, it was revealed that Silva had tested positive for a banned substance and he was subsequently suspended for one year.

How do you expect this situation to play out?

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Achilles’ Heels: 10 Elite MMA Fighters’ Biggest Weaknesses

Every fighter, no matter how great they may be or have been, has a weakness that served as their Achilles heel. Whether it be a expert striker’s proclivity for takedowns, or a wrestler who can’t seem to escape from triangle chokes, no mixed martial artist is bereft of weakness. Let’s take a look at the […]

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Every fighter, no matter how great they may be or have been, has a weakness that served as their Achilles heel. Whether it be a expert striker’s proclivity for takedowns, or a wrestler who can’t seem to escape from triangle chokes, no mixed martial artist is bereft of weakness.

Let’s take a look at the ten greatest weaknesses that have plagued fighters throughout their career.

10. Dominick Cruz – Injuries

Perhaps one of the best and quickest bantamweight fighter, Dominick Cruz has had tremendous success in winning the 135 pound title twice and being the second and last man to beat flyweight kingpin  Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

In spite of all his success, Cruz has repeatedly dealt with broken hands, torn ACLs, and the resulting surgeries that follow.

Cruz was stripped of the title after years of inactivity following a torn ACL while training to fight Urijah Faber in 2012, and although he finally returned to run through Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178, he tore his ACL again and was forced out of action until he triumphantly returned to win the title back from current champ TJ Dillashaw in January 2016.

Cruz defended the title against Faber but lost it to ‘The California Kid’s’ Team Alpha Male protege Cody Garbrandt to end the year. He was set to take on rising contender Jimmie Rivera in a potential title eliminator at December 30’s UFC 219, but a broken arm forced him out of yet another bout due to injury.

If Cruz’s hands were as durable as concrete, his knees more sturdy, and his limbs unbreakable, he’d be the best bantamweight alive right now. But unfortunately, that’s not the case, making this weakness a highly important – and omnipresent – vulnerability.

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Michael Bisping Says Anderson Silva’s Legacy Is Destroyed

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has landed himself in hot water once again, as the 42-year-old has failed his second United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test. Silva was removed from his scheduled meeting with Kelvin Gastleum on November 25th in Shanghai, China. The now-former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping offered to step in […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has landed himself in hot water once again, as the 42-year-old has failed his second United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test. Silva was removed from his scheduled meeting with Kelvin Gastleum on November 25th in Shanghai, China.

The now-former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping offered to step in as a late notice replacement, coming off a submission loss to Georges St-Pierre on November 4th in which he dropped his 185-pound title after being rendered unconcious. It’s expected to be one of “The Count’s” final appearances inside the cage before he hangs up his gloves for good.

Recently Bisping took part in a conference call to promote his bout with Gastelum and offered his thoughts on Silva pulling out of the bout after failing another drug test. Bisping claimed that the debacle ‘completely destroys’ the Brazilian’s legacy and labeled “The Spider” a cheater (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“This completely destroys his legacy, in my opinion,” Bisping said. “There’s a lot of people who have short memories and they’ll just remember his performances. His performances were great. But if you test positive for steroids twice — once, you can try to talk your way out of it; twice, I think the nail’s in the coffin. The guy was a cheat and it’s shame. It’s really, really disappointing. I was a huge fan of Anderson Silva. It’s just disappointing and it’s a black eye for the sport of MMA.”

UFC Fight Night Shanghai takes place on Saturday November 25, 2017 from the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.

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Bisping on Anderson Silva’s USADA Flag: This Destroys His Legacy

Michael Bisping believes Anderson Silva has tarnished his legacy after being flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Silva was set to meet Kelvin Gastelum inside the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. The middleweight clash was scheduled t…

Michael Bisping believes Anderson Silva has tarnished his legacy after being flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Silva was set to meet Kelvin Gastelum inside the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. The middleweight clash was scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25. Those plans went awry. “The Spider” was removed from […]

Anderson Silva Issues Statement On USADA Test Failure

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has broken his silence on his latest drug test failure. Silva was pulled from his bout against Kelvin Gastelum at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 122 event after he was flagged due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. The promotion then was searching to find a replacement […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has broken his silence on his latest drug test failure.

Silva was pulled from his bout against Kelvin Gastelum at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 122 event after he was flagged due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

The promotion then was searching to find a replacement for Silva, and they found former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping who agreed to fight Gastelum at the event, which is slated to take place on November 25, 2017, at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. The main card will air on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

Silva broke his silence on the situation when he declared in a tweeted statement that he “will not give up” and “nothing changes my plans” as far as continuing his MMA career. He sent out the following:

“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.”

This marks the first time that Silva has potentially violated the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency program.

However, this isn’t his first time failing a drug test as he is a repeat offender. If you recall, he failed a drug test around the time of his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz in January 2015 before USADA partnered with the MMA promotion.

As a result of that failure, he received a one-year suspension and $380,000 fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. At the time, Silva claimed that the reason he failed was due to a tainted sexual enhancer.

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