Former UFC middleweight champion and one time pound for pound best fighter in the world Anderson Silva has been suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The punishment steams from Silva’s failed drug test following his win over Nick Diaz at UFC 183.
After suffering a horrific leg injury Silva, 40, made his return to action back in January and earned a decision victory over Diaz. The glory for Silva was short-lived as results of his failed drug test became public not long after his bout. As a result of the drug test failure Silva was fined $380,000.
Silva had actually failed a drug test prior to his UFC 183 bout as well as his post fight drug test. Since the report of the violations Silva has been on a campaigning to clear his name and remained confident that he would not be found of any wrong doings.
When news of the suspension broke Silva’s camp stated that the drug test failures were due to him taking a sexual performance supplement rather and not from any type of steroids.
According to ESPN Silva told the NSAC, “I am human and made mistakes. It definitely was a mistake. If I had known this supplement that I was taking for something else would have caused this sort of problem, I never would have taken it.”
The UFC released a statement of its own following the suspension of their former champion,”The UFC organization maintains a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes, and fully supports the Commission’s ongoing efforts to ensure clean competition by all MMA athletes.”
Silva will be eligible to fight in January of 2016.