The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has tested positive for anabolic steroids.
Silva (34-6) had tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone (Masteron) during a random out-of-competition test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on January 9. Silva, widely considered the greatest fighter of all time, returned from a 13-month layoff to defeat Nick Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The UFC added Androsterone, which is a form of endogenous testosterone, was found in the sample of Anderson Silva.
NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar confirmed the positive test of Silva and also disclosed that Diaz (26-10) tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a post-fight drug test. It was confirmed by Aguilar the results of Diaz were above the allowable limit of 150 ng/ML.
In a statement, the UFC said the UFC organization was notified on February 3, 2015 by the NSAC that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his January 9 out of competition drug test. The statement added the UFC believes that further testing will be conducted by the commission to confirm these preliminary results. The statement also said Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world and the UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results.
Both Diaz and Silva face a potential fine and suspension. This is the third marijuana-related offense for Diaz (2nd time in UFC). In 2007, Nick Diaz was suspended for six months after he tested positive for the active ingredient in marijuana, THC. He received a suspension of one year in May 2012 after again testing positive for marijuana metabolites.
What strikes everyone is the fact that Anderson Silva's whole legacy could be tarnished by this drug test, but what's even more shocking is WHY he was allowed to fight in the first place. If Silva tested positive around January 15 (6 days after the test), why wasn't he stopped from fighting? Is it fair to Nick Diaz? Obviously, not. However, the question no one is asking should be asked: What kind of corruption is this? How big is this fraud? How is it not corruption when fighters test positive for drugs and are allowed to fight after failing the drug test. In fact, this comes after a recent drug test for Jon Jones showed he was using cocaine when he wasn't competing.