Anderson Silva may not have wanted to tarnish his legacy, but after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) revealed "The Spider" had tested positive for two banned substances in an out-of-competition test conducted on Jan. 9, 2015, it will be quite difficult to rectify his image.
Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androstane more than three weeks out from his UFC 183 main event match against Nick Diaz on Jan. 31, 2015, and yet "The Spider" was still allowed to compete at the pay-per-view (PPV) because the NSAC got the test results late.
"The Spider" has denied using anabolic steroids in a recent statement through his doctor Marcio Tannure, but the damage has already been done.
Here is what MMA fighters had to say on Twitter following the breaking news yesterday:
Let em juice! They'll have to live with them damn raisen balls and explain that to their wives, husband, and kids!— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 4, 2015
It sucks man. I had a bad shoulder tear, did rehab, and didn't use any PEDS. Tempted, but didnt, chose the clean route. THC isnt a PED to me— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 4, 2015
Is it just me, or does it seem like people are getting popped all over the place? These drug tests are gonna start keeping people honest!— Carla Esparza (@CarlaEsparza1) February 4, 2015
Only thing I am testing positive for is Pasta or Cheese.— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) February 4, 2015
I'd be 16-0 if testing was offered for everyone during camps and at fight time ☕️— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 4, 2015
Lastly fighters please clean up the sport. Let's not make this like MLB where all the stars were getting popped and killed the sport!— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 4, 2015
Wow both Silva and Diaz fail drug tests!!! Re @KevinI— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) February 4, 2015
I have said that there is a major problem in our sport. It breaks my heart that the greatest of all times succumbed to the pressure. #PED— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) February 4, 2015
Sad that Anderson silva tested positive for steroids. Although in hindsight, I'm not surprised. I'm too naive. #any1notcheatingbesidesme— michael (@bisping) February 4, 2015
Positively not taking shit. Everyone testing +. #fightclean— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) February 4, 2015
We're Silva's test results known by the commission and UFC before the fight? If so, why was he allowed to compete?— TJ Grant (@TJ_Grant) February 4, 2015
More disappointment in #mma— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) February 4, 2015
All fighters should follow the rules if they wanna be a pro-fighter but #PED's = way worse than prescribed or recreational marijuana use.— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) February 4, 2015
http://t.co/2B1kSqXXyL this can't be true— jimi manuwa (@POSTERBOYJM) February 4, 2015
I really don't feel that Silva has been using throughout his career. I'm sure it would have just been to rebuild from his injury. Thoughts?— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) February 4, 2015
Silva vs. Diaz pic.twitter.com/rwm3bkwJwA— Cathal Pendred (@PendredMMA) February 4, 2015
I might be FILTHY but I guarantee I am CLEAN as fuck when it comes to PEDs.— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) February 4, 2015
Man....... When is everyone gonna learn? #YourPissWontLieForYou— Ricardo Lamas (@RicardoLamasMMA) February 4, 2015
Why is everyone's mind blown by Anderson on the needle? When was the last time a man broke his leg & magically healed in record time.— Bigslow (@LukeBarnatt) February 4, 2015