Brazilian UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva has been suspended for six months after testing positive for marijuana metabolites following his victory at UFC on FUEL TV in Macau against Stanislav Nedkov on November 10th. As we recently saw with Nick Diaz, Matt Riddle and Dave Herman, the win will likely now be taken away.
Zuffa released a statement on UFC.com regarding the suspension.
“Thiago Silva tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout at UFC on FUEL TV in Macau. The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. Silva has admitted to taking the banned substance and has agreed to participate in an approved drug-rehabilitation program and serve a six-month suspension retroactive to the November 10 event. He must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to fight again.”
This isn’t the first time Thiago Silva has been in hot water with the UFC regarding positive drugs tests. He previously received a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2011 for altering his urine sample in order to manipulate the results of the test, prior to his bout with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 125, which Silva was pulled out of before being replaced by Matt Hammill.
Silva’s camp have yet to issue any comment on this new suspension.