Guilty until proven innocent! On Monday, the UFC announced they have removed Anderson Silva (pictured) as coach on the latest edition of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” after the Nevada Athletic Commission requested his dismissal from the reality show following Silva’s failed drug test.
Antonio Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira will now coach opposite Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on TUF Brazil 4.
The NAC regulates TUF’s exhibition fights when the series films in Las Vegas. This is the same committee who announced last week they busted Silva for two performance-enhancing drugs – Drostanolone metabolites, which is an anabolic steroid. It has also been learned that traces of Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone – in a pre-fight drug test for his UFC 183 scrap against Nick Diaz.
Outside of getting booted from TUF, the second interesting piece of information from the UFC’s press release is that Silva has been temporarily suspended by the NAC. While that’s not a big surprise given a pair of PEDs were discovered in his system, it’s the first time this has been announced.
Silva hasn’t said much about the black cloud hovering over his illustrious career, but did profess his innocence.
In the release, the UFC once again expressed their support for Silva as this process unfolds. Relieving Silva of his TUF coaching duties will “allow Silva to focus his attention on the matter before the Commission.”
The series already began filming last Monday.