Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was handed a one-year suspension and a $380,000 USD fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for testing positive for his UFC183 fight against Nick Diaz.
His win against Diaz at UFC 183 was overturned to a no-contest, and his fight win bonus of $200,000 USD was withheld. He was also fined an additional $240,000 USD – 30% of his estimated $800,000 USD purse.
The suspension is retroactive to the fight, which happened January 31st, 2015. Silva must also present a clean test to the NSAC before being able to obtain licensing to fight again in the state.
Silva and his management team appeared at the hearing but their sexual performance drugs defence failed to sway the commission.
The UFC released the following statement after the Silva’s hearing:
Following the Nevada Athletic Commission’s hearing today, Anderson Silva is required to serve a 12-month suspension from competition, retroactive from his last fight on January 31.
At the conclusion of his suspension, Silva must present a clean test upon reapplication of a license before his next fight in Nevada. The UFC organization maintains a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes, and fully supports the Commission’s ongoing efforts to ensure clean competition by all MMA athletes.
UFC recognizes Silva’s great career and looks forward to his return to the Octagon in 2016.
The UFC revamped their drug testing policy in 2015, strengthening suspensions and fines , as well as testing procedures.
One year suspension for Anderson Silva. So he can be back by early 2016. Not really a terrible outcome given his woeful defense.
— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) August 13, 2015
Well, that went terribly for Anderson Silva. Got publicly embarrassed by his own hapless defense, and got a harsh punishment anyway.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) August 13, 2015