Anderson Silva and his camp received some good news on Monday as the second set of the former middleweight champion’s pre-UFC 183 drug tests came back clean, meaning he more than likely competed clean against Nick Diaz since the odds of his post-fight screen coming back clean is now significantly increased.
The test was conducted on Jan. 19, 10 days after the first round of drug testing that came back positive for two steroids, Drostanolone and Androstane.
Anderson Silva has denied using any performance enhancing drugs leading up to UFC 183.
"I've been competing in this sport for a very long time. This is my 19th fight in the UFC. I have been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive drug test," Silva said, per Fox Sports. "I have not taken any performance enhancing drugs. My stance on drugs is, and will always be, the same. I'm an advocate for a clean sport."
The results of Silva’s second screen certainly makes things more interesting.
Many are still waiting for the results of Silva’s “B” sample since there’s a possibility that comes back clean, which would clear up Silva’s name. If the “B” sample indicated the results of the first test was accurate, then the Nevada State Athletic Commission would proceed with the punishment phase.
Rumors were initially circulating that Silva’s win against Nick Diaz would be deemed a “no contest,” but the fact Silva tested clean almost two weeks before the fight, and will likely pass his post-fight drug test, complicates things.
It does seem like if Anderson’s “B” sample confirms the results of the first test, the most The Spider is now looking at is a suspension and fine.
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