Anderson Silva will not coach the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter” Brazil after all.
After it was reported that Silva has allegedly tested positive for steroids, the UFC announced that the former middleweight champ would still coach the show, opposite “Shogun” Rua. On Monday, however, it was revealed that’s no longer the case.
According to a statement the UFC has posted on its official site, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has requested that Silva be pulled from the program, since he is temporarily suspended in the jurisdiction. Stepping in for Silva is his longtime training partner, legendary heavyweight, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Here is some of what the promotion’s official statement relayed:
The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulates The Ultimate Fighter series’ exhibition fights filmed in Las Vegas, requested that Silva cease participation in the series as a result of his temporary suspension following the recently announced preliminary results of his January 9 pre-fight drug test for UFC® 183.
The UFC and Globo, the show’s Brazilian broadcaster, respect the Commission’s decision, which will allow Silva to focus his attention on the matter before the Commission. Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC will continue to support him as this process unfolds.
Silva, who earned a decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 183, has denied using PEDs. The Brazilian star is expected to appear in front of the commission on February 17th.