Breaking: UFC 183’s Anderson Silva tests positive for anabolic steroid and PED, Diaz fails for marijuana

February 3, 2015

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Breaking: UFC 183’s Anderson Silva tests positive for anabolic steroid and PED, Diaz fails for marijuana



It’s been a rollarcoaster of events lately for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  First, Jon Jones gets caught using cocaine and now middleweight legend Anderson Silva fails a drug test in his comeback fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 which took place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC.com breaks the bad news:

    “On February 3, 2015, the UFC organization was notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his Jan. 9 out of competition drug test. UFC’s understanding is that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results. 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. UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes.”

Drostanolone is an anabolic steroid that, according to Wiki, “has been used for bodybuilding, mainly in ‘cutting cycles.'” In addition to this banned substance, Silva also had androsterone — another performance-enhancing drug (PED) — in his system, according to Ariel Helwani.

Diaz has tested positive for Marijuana before in his career.  There will be an upcoming NSAC disciplinary hearing planned for Feb. 17, 2015. And if the Commissioners agree to drop the hammer on Diaz, UFC plans to “fully respect” their final ruling.

From UFC.com:

    “The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nev. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. As a result of his positive test, Diaz has been informed that he has violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC organization will fully respect the Commission’s final decision relating to Diaz at a disciplinary hearing set for February 17.”

Silva will also likely be in attendance at that meeting because he failed an “out-of-competition” drug test for anabolic steroids.

Both fighters will likely face fines up to 30 percent of their purses and possible suspensions, especially Diaz, who could earn a stiffer sentence based on his previous failed tests.

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