After the initial hoopla settled following yesterday's stunning news that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva tested positive for an anabolic steroid and another banned substance in a pre-fight drug test, "The Spider's" camp has come under fire.
On Jan. 9, 2015, Silva was tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), but the positive results of that test were only received by the NSAC yesterday, which allowed "The Spider" to compete in the UFC 183 main event against Nick Diaz, who happened to fail his own drug test for marijuana -- for the third time in his career.
In the last calendar year, Black House MMA has now had three fighters test positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone, with Silva become the unceremonious icing on the cake.
Following his rousing victory in his Octagon return at UFC 175, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran Kevin Casey tested positive for drostanolone. Not even a month later, Casey's teammate Brian Ortega tested positive for the exact same anabolic steroid following his UFC debut victory at UFC on FOX 12.
One more interesting tidbit: Both Casey and Ortega were former RFA champions. The President of RFA, which has imported dozens of fighters to UFC over the last year, is none other than Silva's manager and longtime friend Ed Soares.
Of course, Casey and Ortega are not even in the same stratosphere when discussing the legendary Silva, so when BloodyElbow initially brought forth the eerie coincidence that both Casey and Ortega had been training at Black House MMA during their failed drug tests, not much was thought of it.
Following "The Spider's" positive test for drostanolone, the story can no longer be swept under the rug, and Black House MMA will undoubtedly be coming under fire over the next several weeks.
Black House MMA has a nutrition expert on staff, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rogerio Camoes. In a video from April 2013, Camoes is seen discussing the importance of supplements. Interestingly enough, the very first line from Camoes seems heinous in hindsight.
"Sometimes we can not fulfill the necessities of our bodies through regular diet only - that's why people take supplements."
Camoes goes on to discuss the difference between supplements and steroids:
"Not too long ago, there was some confusion between supplements and steroids. They are two different things. Although, it is true that some supplements are like steroids and people have to be careful with the kind of supplements they use. Many times they can be a testosterone derivative and the athlete will be considered as someone who is roiding.
Do you think this is all a coincidence and Black House MMA is not doing anything shady while no one is watching? Or is this the beginning of a major scandal?
Either way, this is not a good look for the sport of mixed martial arts.
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