It was almost a perfect ending for Anderson Silva at UFC 183. He wasn’t able to deliver a spectacular finish during his five-rounder with Nick Diaz, like he’s known to do, but he did give fans lots of memorable exchanges with the Stockton bad boy.
After the fight, Silva looked and talked like a man who was ready to retire from MMA, telling reporters how his son cried and begged him to walk away from the sometimes brutal sport.
He closed out the UFC 183 press-conference with a “Black Dana” skit that had all in attendance rolling. A seemingly perfect end to one of the biggest legends of the sport.
Unfortunately, Anderson Silva failed an out-of-competition drug test that was administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Jan. 9, testing positive for two steroids, drostanolone and androstane. Diaz failed his post-fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana.
Both men will have many supporters going through this ordeal though.
It’s a bit misinformed to say an athlete gets an edge from smoking pot since the effects of marijuana consumption include things like poor motor skills and delayed reflex times. Sure, you could argue that weed has some pain killing effects as well, but the disadvantages of smoking pot for athletes far outweigh any benefits that might be derived from it.
Not sure why Diaz was even tested for pot.
As far as Anderson Silva failing a drug test is concerned, did you see what happened to his leg!?
If you didn’t, here’s the video.
To pretend as if Silva getting prescribed steroids after a brutal injury like a complete leg break is not a potential reason for his failed drug test is simply disingenuous. If anything, steroids and morphine are often standard prescriptions for such injuries.
Silva has competed for over 18 years without a single failed test, so it's to see him doing anything more than trying to rehab his leg.
Then, there’s the question of why did NSAC let Silva fight if they knew he had performance enhancing drugs in his system? Wouldn’t canceling the fight be the safer, and morally correct, thing to do since Diaz’ life is literally at risk if his opponent has an unfair advantage.
This whole debacle says a whole lot more about the UFC and NSAC, and it ain’t good.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.