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 at the UFC Fight Night 122 combat sports event last November in Shanghai, China, the second time he’s been popped for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
But since he’s clearly not stupid enough to take steroids, it must have been a contaminated supplement, which appears to be the go-to defense these days.
“I just waiting for USADA and my lawyers and hopefully I come back soon for fight with Roy Jones,” Silva told TMZ Sports. “Maybe the supplements I’m using are contaminated. I don’t know. I’m just waiting. Because obviously if I take these steroids, I’m stupid because I’m too old. I’m not at the start of my career. I’m finished.”
“The Spider” is currently working with USADA to reach an agreeable settlement.
If and when the 42-year-old Brazilian makes his mixed martial arts (MMA) return remains to be seen, as USADA must also take into account his failed drug test from back in 2015. Silva could be facing a multi-year suspension.
Even if he is cleared to compete, the former champ sounds more motivated to box the possibly-retired Roy Jones Jr. than to continue cage fighting, though he might need the promotion to ignore the remaining fights on his sizable UFC contract.
Good luck with that.