Nearly seven months after testing positive for multiple banned substances on two separate occasions, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (pictured) finally stood before the Nevada Athletic Commission Thursday to explain himself.
Today’s hearing contained everything from confusion to Cialis – true story. When it was all said and done, the NAC suspended Silva one year retroactive to his January 31 fight date and fined the Brazilian $380,000 ($200,000 win bonus and 30% of $600,000 show money).
Silva flunked his UFC 183 out-of-completion, pre-fight drug exam on January 9 for two different performance-enhancing drubs – Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone. He then came up clean on a January 19 exam, but proceeded to fail his fight night drug test.
The last positive test showed Drostanalone, as well as Oxazepam and Temazepam – two prohibited Benzodiazepines – were in his system immediately after he posted a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz.
News of Silva’s failed drug tests didn’t come to light until February 3. Silva has cried innocence since the beginning.
During today’s hearing, Silva claimed he took an unknown substance from Thailand that his trusted friend gave him to help with sexual performance. Whatever was in the blue vial ended up containing Drostanolone.
The 40-year-old Silva said he didn’t want to include taking the Cialis-like substance on his pre-fight questionnaire because it was embarrassing.
Silva said he was taking the unknown drug for three months prior to his bout with Diaz, including the month of January.
Silva also admitted to taking Benzodiazepines to help with anxiety. He even consumed it after weigh-ins.
The NAC was not impressed with Silva’s weak and disorganized case. Chairman Anthony Marnell stated, “I don’t feel we’re getting the whole story.” Chairman Francisco Aguilar said he saw no remorse in Silva.
The suspension seems like a moot point since Silva has essentially already served most of the ban. If the UFC wanted to, they could book him to perform on their blockbuster Super Bowl weekend card right now.
However, Silva’s longstanding status as MMA’s GOAT is now debatable.