Kelvin Gastelum Pulled from UFC 212 Anderson Silva Fight After Drug Test

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 6, 2017

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  A detailed view of the UFC Championship belt prior to the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Kelvin Gastelum has been pulled from a scheduled fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 212 on June 3 due to potentially failing a drug test. 

Per an official statement from UFC, Gastelum failed a United States Anti-Doping Agency-administered drug test for having traces of marijuana in his sample. The company placed him on a provisional suspension. 

Gastelum's potential violation came from the sample collected after his win over Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night on March 11. 

UFC also said it is searching for a replacement to take Gastelum's spot on the card against Silva, though no potential challengers were named. 

The 25-year-old Gastelum has been rising up the middleweight standings, climbing to No. 8 in UFC's official rankings, with consecutive wins over Belfort, Tim Kennedy and Johny Hendricks. He owns a 14-2 career record in mixed martial arts, including nine wins in 11 UFC fights. 


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