If you decided to shun the internet and all electronic devices early last night, then you may be waking up to the news that Anderson Silva has allegedly tested positive for steroids.
The UFC confirmed late on Tuesday that the legendary fighter tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites in a pre-UFC 183 drug test. Since the news it’s also been reported that the test was positive for androstane as well. According to the promotion’s statement, the Nevada Commission will conduct more testing to confirm these results.
Nick Diaz also flunked his post-fight drug test, as the veteran reportedly tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
Of course, the news regarding Silva has rocked the MMA world, since he is the consensus greatest-of-all-time and has been a big critic of steroid users in the past. The 39 year-old fighter has yet to make any statement publicly, but according to his doctor Marcio Tannure, Silva says he’s innocent.
“Anderson told me he’s disappointed, upset because he didn’t use steroids,” Tannure said. “He will ask for the confirmation test because he believes the only explanation is a contamination or a mistake from the lab. He told me: ‘I have an impeccable career history and I wouldn’t want to tarnish my image.’”
The doctor also added that all this isn’t over, and that the fighter has the right to conduct several more tests, as a means of verifying these first results. So, we’ll see how this all plays out. Of course, fans have seen many a fighter claim that the testing was flawed. It certainly would be an awful addition to Silva’s legacy if further testing reflects the same results.
Silva returned to action on Saturday and worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Diaz. The bout marked the first time Silva had fought since December, 2013, when he broke his leg while fighting Chris Weidman.