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Dana White Says Anderson Silva “Huge Part” of UFC, Pledges Support as Commission Hearing Nears

Kelsey Mowatt

Anderson Silva

Although Anderson Silva allegedly tested positive for several banned substances, including two types of steroids, UFC President Dana White continues to stand beside the legendary fighter.

Silva was expected to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission this month, after he failed several drug tests tied to his January 31st bout with Nick Diaz. Silva and his team have apparently asked for a continuance in his case, which would give them a few extra weeks to prepare his defense.

According to recent reports, it looks as though the former middleweight champ’s team is preparing to argue that the substances in his system were used for therapeutic purposes…But, we’ll know more, obviously, when Silva and his reps appear in front of the commission.

Silva has denied knowingly using any type of performance enhancing drug.

Well, White was asked to comment on Silva’s situation following UFC Fight Night 62 this past weekend, and according to a report from MMA Fighting.com, here is some of what he had to say:

“Anderson has been a huge part of this company and regardless of how this thing comes out, we’re going to support the guy,”

“He’s going to go before the Nevada Athletic Commission and I have no idea what’s going to happen,” he said. “I know there were some rumors down here that he’s only going to get 18 months. I don’t believe that’s true and I don’t know how anyone would know anything like that. That’s just a rumor. We’ll see what happens when he goes before the commission.”

In the past, most first time offenders have received a nine month suspension, but due to widespread calls for harsher punishments, there’s a chance the NSAC will come down harder on Silva. It could all depend on how compelling his defense is. If Silva does receive an 18 month suspension, or even longer, he could be 41 when he fights again…

Silva returned to action at UFC 183, for the first time since he broke his leg in 2013, and worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Diaz. That result will likely be overturned.

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