Anderson Silva fails out of competition PED test, Diaz fails marijuana test
The legacy of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, the greatest of all time in the league, has been terribly tarnished, after the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that Silva had tested positive for two performance enhancing drugs, drostanolone and androstane. The out-of-competition test was administered on 9 Jan. The results came back today. This was one of three out-of-competition tests for to each fighter.
This was the first time Silva has failed a test, and demonstrates conclusively that the random, comprehensive, out-of-competition testing is making an enormous difference.
The UFC issued a statement.
“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."
Nick Diaz also failed a test for marijuana. With both fighters failing a test, the bout will in all likelihood be declared a No Contest.
This is unfortunately the third marijuana test that Diaz has failed. The first in 2007, vs. Takanori Gomi, and earned him a six-months suspension. The second was in 2012, vs. Carlos Condit, and brought a one-year suspension. Since then the NSAC has dramatically raised the allowable limit, from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL, bringing it in keeping with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards.
The next NSAC meeting is Feb. 17; at that point it is likely both Silva and Diaz will be temporarily suspended, and disciplinary hearings will be scheduled for a later date. Given Silva's age and Diaz's repeated offenses, the careers of both beloved fighters may be in jeopardy.
The sport has long suffered from PED use. When a star the magnitude of Anderson Silva is caught, it serves notice to the MMA community that anyone can be caught. Perhaps this debacle will prove to be the moment PED use turns around in our sport.