After being removed from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner with Kelvin Gastelum due to a potential USADA doping violation, Silva has finally broken his silence via Twitter saying:
“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.”
Obviously his immediate plans will be determined by the USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In 2015 the Commission handed him a 1-year ban and fined him $380,000 for his failed test around UFC 183 when he fought Nick Diaz. The USADA didn’t partner with the UFC until after this violation so it’s yet to be determined whether or not Silva will be viewed as a repeat offender.
Ex-Middleweight champion Michael Bisping, coming off a title loss to George St-Pierre, has agreed to step in for Silva in the headlining event on Nov 25th.