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UFC legend Anderson Silva says ‘he will not give up’ after failed drug test

UFC legend Anderson Silva breaks silence on latest failed drug test
Anderson Silva faces another lengthy ban (Picture: Getty)

Anderson Silva has released a statement after he was pulled from UFC Shangai due to a failed drug test.

USADA flagged the UFC legend last week and his fight with Kelvin Gastelum was subsequently binned as a result.

It is the second time Silva has failed a USADA drug test. Silva was suspended for a year and fined $380,000 after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug ahead of a January 2015 fight with Nick Diaz.

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Silva claimed the positive result was due to a tainted sex pill. No details of Silva’s latest infraction has been released, but the Brazilian has now broken his silence.

‘Obviously I think everything is part of a process of evolution,’ he wrote.

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. . Obviamente, acho que tudo faz parte de um processo de evolução, a cada dia que passa, consigo aprender mais sobre quem sou. Estou aqui para agradecer todos os meus fãs, principalmente meus treinadores e todos os colaboradores nesta longa jornada. Não tenho como expressar meus sentimentos e o quanto estou triste, pois todos nós investimos amor, paixão e tempo neste camping, não sei exatamente os planos de DEUS para mim, mas de qualquer maneira, só posso agradecer a ele e a todos vocês, mais uma vez, pelo amor e carinho de todos, nada é mais gratificante neste momento do que ter vocês ao meu lado. Não vou desistir, muito menos parar de fazer o que amo, não é pela fama ou pelo dinheiro, é porque amo lutar. Então, independente do que acontecer daqui pra frente, nada muda, meus planos são os mesmos, nada mudou. Um grande beijo pra todos e nos vemos em breve. . #spiderkick @spiderkick

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‘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.

UFC legend Anderson Silva breaks silence on latest failed drug test
Silva was pulled from his fight with Kelvin Gastelum (Picture: Getty)
UFC legend Anderson Silva breaks silence on latest failed drug test
(Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

UFC legend Anderson Silva breaks silence on latest failed drug test
(Picture: Getty)

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UFC legend Anderson Silva breaks silence on latest failed drug test
(Picture: Getty)

The statement gives no indication of guilt or innocence from Silva, with the legend now facing another lengthy ban due to a past suspension.

Michael Bisping has agreed to replace Silva for the China fight night and has stepped in to face Gastelum on short notice.

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