Silva is expected to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission later this month, after it was revealed recently that he’s allegedly tested positive for several prohibited substances. According to a recent report, Silva’s team are going to claim the fighter used performance enhancing drugs, but only for ‘therapeutic’ purposes, since he was recovering from a broken leg he incurred in December, 2013.
All this has materialized not long after Silva returned to the cage on January 31st, and worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Diaz.
Well, TMZ.com caught up with Silva recently, and when the legendary fighter was asked about his failed drug test, the 39 year-old stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t know what happened. I’m surprised,” Silva said. “When my manager called me and said ‘Anderson, we have a problem because you go to the test for the commission is bad’. I said, ‘What, I don’t know what happened’.”
Silva was asked if his test results could have stemmed from something he took, as a means to recover from his broken leg, and he stated “yeah, but I don’t think so. I need to check all the supplements I use.”
After acknowledging that all this is “bad for the sport” and his career, Silva agreed that he’ll likely be sidelined for a year. When the interviewer noted that Diaz’s manager is reportedly calling for the bout to be declared a no-contest–which it likely will be–Silva said he’d be willing to rematch Diaz when he returns.
Now, will any of that happen? Probably not. Diaz is also facing a lengthy suspension. as he tested positive again for marijuana metabolites, following UFC 183. Then, even if both stars were available and willing to fight again, say, next spring, would the UFC want a do-over?
You can watch the TMZ interview below.