On Tuesday, the UFC announced former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (pictured) failed his out-of-competition pre-fight drug test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission on January 9 for Drostanolone metabolites, which is an anabolic steroid. It has also been learned that traces of Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone, were also found in Silva’s sample.
Here’s the statement from the Ultimate Fighting Championship:
“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.”
In his first bout since breaking his leg against the reigning 185-pound king Chris Weidman 13 months ago, Silva easily outpointed Nick Diaz for a unanimous decision victory this past Saturday’s at UFC 183.
Despite the win, Silva revealed that his fighting future was unclear. He wouldn’t commit to anything beyond speaking with his family and making a decision with their blessing.
“I need to talk to my family. I love my job. This is me. I love to fight, but I need to talk to my family because this is more important in my life now,” Silva stated at the post-fight press conference. “I love my job. I love fighting, but I need to talk to my family.
“My son talked to me, serious. When I talked to my son, my son cried. ‘Dad, stop please. Back home, please. Stop. You don’t need more fights.’ So I need to talk to my family. I talk serious now.”
Silva is the most decorated champion in UFC history with a standing record of 10 straight title defenses. He also holds the record for most consecutive UFC wins with 16.
The NAC will have to discuss possible punishment for Silva and whether to overturn his win to a no contest.
The 39-year-old had never failed a drug test during his professional career until now.