No one could have expected former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva to test positive for steroids in a UFC 183 pre-fight test, let alone testing positive for anti-anxiety medication following his UFC 183 main event victory over Nick Diaz -- which will more than likely be overturned to a no contest.
While Silva remains adamant he did no wrongdoing, he was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) pending "due process."
We can look at the situation with the glass half-full, as "The Spider's" failed test -- alongside a handful of other failures from Hector Lombard, Nick Diaz, and more -- prompted UFC brass to seriously consider a more rigorous drug testing policy, which they announced earlier this week.
Even with something positive coming out of the situation, it is hard to deny just how much of a black eye Silva's failed test is for the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). Dana White admitted he was "screwed up" from the results for a few days, while UFC welterweight champ Robbie Lawler noted he was "bummed" by the news.
UFC 184 pay-per-view (PPV) headliner and women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey -- who just passed a drug test of her own -- was the latest to give her take on "The Spider's" failed tests, and as you can imagine she was none too pleased with the results either.
Her words to MMAJunkie:
"I'm a little heartbroken about it. It's such an issue that I've had such a strong stance on for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I heard my mother telling me about having honor and never doubting yourself or cheating yourself or doing anything like that. It's so ingrained in my psyche. I don't think I could ever look at anyone the same ever again after they do that."
"Rowdy" returns to the Octagon next weekend (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) to defend her title against No. 1 contender Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184 live on PPV from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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