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Report: Anderson Silva failed a second out-of-competition drug test ahead of UFC 183

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Double trouble ...

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who held out hope that Anderson Silva's failed out-of-competition drug test for steroids was a mistake might want to reconsider.

That's because MMAJunkie.com is reporting that "The Spider" failed another drug test in the run-up to his UFC 183 main event against Nick Diaz (who was also busted for marijuana) on Jan 31, 2015..

From the article:

Multiple sources close to the situation on Wednesday confirmed to MMAjunkie that Silva failed a second drug test in relation to UFC 183.... That test was administered on Jan. 9 and was considered an out-of-competition screening. The former middleweight champion, however, passed a Jan. 19 test for human growth-hormone, as well as performance-enhancing drugs. The date of Silva's second failed test is not yet known....

Depressing.

For those who need a refresher, Silva was originally busted for drostanolone and androstane in a pre-fight test that Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) oddly did not receive until after the bout. Silva then passed a second test for both HGH and performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) 10 days later.

John Morgan attempted to clarify the numerous tests (and results) via Twitter:

The fight game never seems to let its participants depart with honor. Sadly, either by his own volition -- or perhaps from a crooked doc -- Silva has fallen victim to the lures of glory.

In fact, the former Middleweight champion was already kicked off as coach of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 4" by NSAC and we'll find out how it reacts in the form of additional punishment at a hearing scheduled for Feb. 17, 2015.