When it comes to professional athletes testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, it’s guilty until proven innocent when you’re pleading innocence in the court of public opinion.
UFC president Dana White (pictured), on the other hand, is no judge and he will allow the Nevada Athletic Commission to do their job following Anderson Silva’s failed drug test for two separate PEDs – Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone.
White and Co. did, however, express their support for the most decorated champion in UFC history.
“Anderson Silva has been one of the greatest athletes this sport has ever seen. He has had a long and distinguished career in mixed martial arts,” White expressed in a statement. “In his nine years with the UFC, Anderson has never tested positive for a banned substance. In light of this, we want to ensure that Anderson gets his due process and we will support him during this time. While this process plays out, Anderson will continue in his role as coach of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. Of course we will continue to monitor the actions of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“We fully support the Commission’s out-of-competition drug testing program, which we have financed when requested over the past two years. Testing of this nature is important to help keep the sport clean. The director at the laboratory in Salt Lake City has now explained the timing of Anderson’s test results and why the Commission and the UFC did not receive the results until February 3, after the fight.
“Once all the results have been made public and the Nevada State Athletic Commission has rendered its decision, we will respect the process and move forward accordingly.”
Silva ended his 13-month hiatus due to a broken left shin four days ago by posting a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz Saturday at UFC 183. Coincidentally, Diaz also flunked his drug test for marijuana.
Silva issued a brief statement earlier today denying any wrongdoing. He and his team are trying to figure out the next step in trying to clear his name.
The NAC will eventually gather to discuss possible punishment for Silva and whether to overturn his win to a no contest.