UFC President Dana White has issued a statement regarding middleweight star Anderson Silva, whose recent positive test for two banned substances has rocked the MMA world.
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. 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 Feb. 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, who defeated Nick Diaz this past Saturday at UFC 182 in Las Vegas, tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone in random, out-of-competition testing leading up to the bout. As explained yesterday at Caged Insider, the results were not made available until Tuesday of this week.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is expected to announce penalties for Silva soon. Next for Silva, as White explained, is coaching duties for the fourth season of the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, which is to be filmed in Las Vegas.