One of the most anticipated UFC fights of 2015 now has a bad taste surrounding it after news broke that Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz failed drug tests.
Silva tested positive for Drostanolone, a common form of anabolic steroid, metabolites during an out-of-competition drug test on January 9, 2015 ahead of his comeback fight against Diaz at UFC 183 on Saturday.
According to the Nevada Athletic Commission’s executive director Bob Bennett, traces of the banned substance Androstane were also found in the former middleweight champion’s system.
The UFC released the following statement regarding Silva’s failed test:
“On February 3, 2015, the UFC organization was notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his Jan. 9 out of competition drug test. UFC’s understanding is that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results.
“Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world. UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results.
“The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes.”
Silva was tested out-of-competition on January 9 and 19 with the second test’s results still pending. He was also tested following his January 31 bout with Diaz. The post-fight test came back clean. However, the post-fight test wasn’t clean for his opponent.
Following his UFC 183 unanimous decision loss to Silva, Diaz’s tested positive for marijuana metabolites, according to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani and Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole.
This the third time the former welterweight contender has tested positive for marijuana following a fight. He failed his testing following his submission win over Takanori Gomi at UFC 135 on September 24, 2007, which was later overturned into a no contest, and his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 on February 4, 2012. He was suspended on both occasions.
Diaz will now be temporarily suspended by the NAC and will have to appear before the commission in order to be relicensed to fight in the future.
The UFC released the following statement regarding Diaz’s failed test:
“The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nev. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. As a result of his positive test, Diaz has been informed that he has violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC organization will fully respect the Commission’s final decision relating to Diaz at a disciplinary hearing set for February 17.”
The amazing return of both fighters in a fun-to-watch main event on Saturday will no forever be tarnished with these results. As well as the reputation of what most call the greatest of all time in Silva.
Stay tuned to Mill City Sports as more information from these failed drug tests becomes available.