Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva will appear before Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Thursday (Aug. 13, 2015) to answer for a couple of failed drug tests that marred his comeback win over Nick Diaz.
Diaz was also expected to appear, but pulled out at the last minute (because of this).
Silva was popped for steroids in the wake of the UFC 183 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place all the way back in January. "The Spider" -- who also failed for oxazepam and temazepam -- has been working with his attorneys over the past six months to mount a credible defense.
MMA Fighting has the long and short of it:
Silva's lawyer Michael Alonso writes in the answer that Silva was "administering or using a supplement for the purpose of enhancing sexual performance and testing of the supplement revealed that the supplement was contaminated with an Exogenous Anabolic Agent: Drostanolone metabolite."
Alonso also wrote that another supplement Silva was taking could have contained androstane.
What a dick move.
At this point, it's difficult to make sense of anything that transpired since January. There was a time when Silva was expected to confess to using banned substances to assist in the recovery of his broken leg, as well as taking anti-anxiety meds to help calm his nerves.
It will be interesting to see what happens once the Brazilian -- who made "Sin City" quite a bit of coin over the years -- gets in front of the commission. Until then, you can read his legal defense in the embedded PDF below.
For more on the UFC 183 drug test fiasco click here.