If Nick Diaz behaved a little stranger than normal at UFC 183, there’s a pretty expected explanation for that, he was high on weed. What isn’t expected is that Anderson Silva also failed, testing positive for two performance enhancing drugs.
That sounds pretty major to me. UFC agrees, and have released the following 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.”
While no statements from either Nick or Anderson after their positive tests have come out yet, Silva did have some thoughts about people who test positive for steroids back in October:
“This is not bad for me, this is bad for the sport,” Silva told MMAjunkie. “People around the world love the UFC, but the kids love the UFC, and the families love UFC. It’s bad for the sport. I don’t think this is good because the sport can change the lives of the kids and the people in the world.
“When the guys test for the steroids, it’s bad because this is a problem. It’s bad not just for the UFC, but for the sport.”
“When the guys test for the steroids, (they should have) no more fights,” Silva said. “When you use the steroids, you use them for a long time. When you use the steroids for a long time, you have a problem. It’s a drug and it’s not good for the sport.”
“(Steroids) make the sport bad,” Silva said. “If you do the sport in a good light, you have a good life. That is my opinion.”
I guess that means Anderson Silva will retire and quietly fade away from memory. Diaz, now a third-time offender, probably doesn’t have many options left, either.