Silva, who is preparing to fight Nick Diaz on January 31st, has fought several men during his lengthy career who have tested positive for PEDs. In addition to Mr. Sonnen, Stephan Bonnar, and Vitor Belfort, among others, are all former opponents who have been disciplined for flunking tests.
In a recent report from MMA Junkie.com, Silva weighed in on the contentious issue, and here is some of what “The Spider” had to say:
“This is not bad for me, this is bad for the sport,” Silva said. “People around the world love the UFC, but the kids love the UFC, and the families love UFC. It’s bad for the sport. I don’t think this is good because the sport can change the lives of the kids and the people in the world.
“When the guys test for the steroids, it’s bad because this is a problem. It’s bad not just for the UFC, but for the sport.”
Of course, Silva isn’t alone in this view, but despite the widespread outcry about PEDs, it’s an issue that isn’t going away. Recently, the UFC has announced plans to do more random testing, and various commissions seem to be on board with this agenda, but it remains to be seen how it will affect the sport.
So how does the 39 year-old legend think commissions and or promotions should discipline PED offenders?
“When the guys test for the steroids, (they should have) no more fights,” Silva said. “When you use the steroids, you use them for a long time. When you use the steroids for a long time, you have a problem. It’s a drug and it’s not good for the sport.”
A lifetime ban could give some fighters considerable pause for thought before using PEDs, instead of a one year suspension, which seems to be the go-to punishment these days.
Silva will battle Diaz on January 31st, at UFC 183, which will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be available via pay-per-view.
That is going to be one glorious way to close out the first month of 2015.