UFC’s Anderson Silva Gets 1-Year Suspension For Failed Drug Tests

Anderson Silva

Former UFC champ, Anderson Silva, has been suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for multiple failed drug tests.

According to ESPN, the 40-year-old MMA star appeared before the NSAC for a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday (August 11), stemming from failed tests before and after his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31.

The one-year suspension was dated retroactively to the date of the fight. And, he was also fined $380,000 and must submit a clean test prior to being re-licensed.

Because of the dirty test and suspension, the result of the fight, which was a unanimous decision victory for Silva, changes to a no-contest.

Silva (33-6) has maintained his innocence throughout the process, claiming the failed drug tests were a result of contaminated sexual enhancing drug he received in an unmarked vial from a friend who lives in Thailand.

When tested, it came back positive for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and a form of androstane. That was January 9. Then, he tested positive for drostanolone again on January 31, plus anti-anxiety medication, which are considered banned substances.

He was still allowed to compete on Jan. 31 despite the previously failed test, because the NSAC had not yet received the results of the initial failure from its lab in Salt Lake City.

"I am human and made mistakes," Silva told the commission, through a translator. "It definitely was a mistake. If I had known this supplement that I was taking for something else would have caused this sort of problem, I never would have taken it."