Anderson Silva finally has some closure following his latest run in with USADA.
The former UFC middleweight champion has received a one year suspension from the UFC’s anti-doping partner stemming from a failed test prior to his scheduled fight with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai late last year. The test in question showed the synthetic anabolic steroid, methyltestosterone along with a diuretic in his system at the time the sample was taken.
USADA have ruled that this failure stemmed from a contaminated supplement the Brazilian had been using at the time.
The suspension will be backdated to the time Silva was provisionally suspended in November 2017 making Silva eligible to make his UFC return on 11th November 2018.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report the news of USADA’s verdict.
The 43-year-old released a statement via his PR team expressing his relief that the matter had reached it’s conclusion and that he felt his legacy had been restored.
“I am vindicated” said Silva. “The past nine months have been extremely difficult. I felt like my career and everything I had worked so hard for was hanging in the balance. I knew in my heart that I had done nothing wrong and fully cooperated with USADA during their inquiry to prove it. Today I have a renewed energy. My legacy is restored. I can focus on getting back into the ring and the next chapter of my life after fighting.”
While Silva believes his legacy has been restored, many fans may still disagree considering this will be the second suspension of his career in recent years.
The Spider’s first failed test came back in 2015, prior to the introduction of the USADA program, with Silva testing positive for anabolic steroids following his fight with Nick Diaz . After an investigation, the blame was placed on a tainted sexual enhancement pill (where have we heard that before?). On that occasion, the Nevada Athletic Commission rejected the explanation and slapped Silva with a one year suspension.
All things considered, Silva is 43 years old, holds a professional record of 34-8-0 and has had an extremely distinguished career with a number of people still considering him to be the greatest of all time. Sadly, these two failed drugs tests and subsequent suspensions will have caused irreparable damage to the Brazilian’s reputation and while he may feel vindicated himself, many fans will never look at him the same way again.