Anderson Silva issued a temporary suspension after failing second drug test

Anderson Silva issued a temporary suspension after failing second drug test

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued a temporary ban to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters Anderson Silva, Hector Lombard and Nick Diaz after they failed a drug test in January.

On January 9, Silva tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane but tested negative when a drug test was administered on Jan 19. The second drug test was done after his fight with Nick Diaz in Las Vegas on January 31, where he tested positive for Drostanolone. He also tested positive for Oxazepam which is an anti-anxiety medication and sleep deprivation medication Temazepam.

"I can't speak for the (NSAC) chairman nor can I speak for the commissioners, but something I find particularly concerning is that he tested positive on January 9th and then he tested negative on January 19th," Bob Bennett, NSAC executive director said, "If he took this orally, it only stays in your system five to seven days.”

"So, obviously, he used it sometime around January 9th and then he used it shortly before the night of the fight. Whether the commission finds this egregious -- that he tested positive twice out of three times -- is up to them. I certainly find it concerning and unacceptable. It gives an unfair advantage to the person on that. God forbid, a serious injury were to occur to an opponent when someone is on something." Bennett added.

"I have not taken any performance enhancing drugs," Silva said in a statement on Feb. 4. "My stance on drugs is, and will always be, the same. I'm an advocate for a clean sport."

On Tuesday, the 39 year old fighter was issued a temporary suspension by the NAC until a full hearing can be scheduled.

 

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