Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation following an out-of-competition drug test by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
As a result, “The Spider” was provisionally suspended and pulled from his Kelvin Gastelum fight — which eventually went to Michael Bisping — at last month’s UFC Fight Night 122 combat sports event inside Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.
But don’t worry, Silva wasn’t cheating, he simply ingested a tainted supplement. Sure, we don’t have any hard evidence to support that claim, but that’s what he told strength and conditioning coach Rogerio Camoes and word is bond, or whatever the kids are saying these days.
“I’ve been with Anderson for many years and when we talked the first thing he told me was, ‘Master, I didn’t take anything.’ I believe and trust his word. Anderson is a very mature guy, very experienced. And he’s aware that – he wouldn’t use something and risk getting suspended and getting his image tarnished. So we believe in contamination of some product or supplement. All the products that he used will be analyzed, so we can possibly prove there was contamination. The process is slow. It’s not overnight. It requires time and investment. It’s very expensive.””I think everything will be clarified. Of course, there will be a penalty. There’s no way there won’t be. We know USADA’s rules with doping. Even if it’s contamination, the fighter is responsible for what he takes. He needs to be careful with that.”
It should. The Brazilian was suspended one year after pissing dirty in the wake of UFC 183 back in early 2015 (and blamed sex drugs for the misstep), a pay-per-view (PPV) event that also benched Nick Diaz for weed.
It should be noted Silva also tested positive for oxazepam and temazepam during that debacle.
Silva will be granted a hearing from USADA in which “The Spider” can present his defense (or file suit). This being a second offense, the chances of seeing him return to MMA in 2018 are currently idling on the corner of Slim & None.
Hey, there’s always Plan B.