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Anderson Silva releases statement following failed USADA drug test

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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 legendary former UFC middleweight champion released a statement Tuesday on social media addressing — though not directly — the 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.”

Silva, 42, wrote he “will not give up” or stop doing what he loves due to the current situation.

“Not because of fame or money, it’s because I love to fight,” Silva wrote. “So no matter what happens from now on, nothing changes. My plans are the same. Nothing has changed.”

This is Silva’s second failed drug test. He tested positive for two steroids in an in-competition drug test in relation to his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz in 2015. Silva was suspended one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for the transgression.

USADA will handle the adjudication and results management process for Silva, who could be facing a longer-than-usual suspension due to his previous failed drug test. The substance that Silva tested positive for in the out-of-competition test, stemming from an Oct. 26 sample collection, 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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