Kelvin Gastelum (pictured) has been flagged for marijuana metabolites and has been pulled from his UFC 212 fight with Anderson Silva.
The UFC made the announcement Thursday.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Kelvin Gastelum of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation involving Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (“Carboxy-THC”) which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 150 ng/mL, stemming from an in-competition sample collected in conjunction with his recent bout in Fortaleza, Brazil on March 11, 2017,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “As a result of the potential anti-doping violation against Gastelum, USADA has placed him under a provisional suspension. While the UFC Anti-Doping Policy affords Gastelum full and fair due process rights before any possible adjudication of his case, because of the proximity to Gastelum’s scheduled June 3rd bout against Anderson Silva, Gastelum is being removed from the card and a replacement is currently being sought.”
It is unknown who the UFC is considering to replace Gastelum with to face Silva at UFC 212.
Gastelum continues to take a couple steps forward and one step back. “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner unleashes impressive performance inside the cage, then has issues on the scale that forced the UFC to bump him from welterweight to middleweight.
His victory over Belfort marked his fourth win in five outings, including three straight.
Gastelum is facing a fine, having his win against Belfort overturned to a no contest and a year-long suspension.