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Despite Anderson “The Spider” Silva failing a drug test for steroids leading up to his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz last month, the UFC originally stated that Silva would remain on as coach of the upcoming Ultimate Fighter Brazil season 4. However, the series is being filmed in Las Vegas and the Nevada State Athletic Commission has now requested Silva be removed from the show so he can deal with the drug-related issues that are before him. Taking Silva’s place will be his friend Antonio “Rodrigo” Nogueira, who will serve as coach opposite Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

UFC officials announced the news on Monday via the company website:

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulates The Ultimate Fighter series’ exhibition fights filmed in Las Vegas, requested that Silva cease participation in the series as a result of his temporary suspension following the recently announced preliminary results of his January 9 pre-fight drug test for UFC 183.”

“The UFC and Globo, the show’s Brazilian broadcaster, respect the Commission’s decision, which will allow Silva to focus his attention on the matter before the Commission. Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC will continue to support him as this process unfolds.”

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