Michael Bisping has been extremely critical of PED users over the years, but the middleweight contender isn’t ready to condemn the legendary Anderson Silva just yet.

Silva is expected to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the coming weeks, after allegedly testing positive for several banned substances, including steroids. Bisping has gone so far to say that PED users should receive a life time ban, but since Silva has yet to have his hearing, “The Count” recently stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“The sentence hasn’t been delivered,” Bisping said. “We’re yet to see what happens, so I reserve my judgement until the athletic commission’s made their decision.”

Due to Silva’s decorated career and jaw dropping abilities, Bisping isn’t the only person who’s stopped short of writing “The Spider” off. The outspoken 36 year-old also noted the following about the former middleweight champ:

“Anderson was, for a long time, a hero of mine even though we were in the same weight class and I wanted to fight him for so long. You could not admire and respect what he did inside the Octagon.”

Silva aside, Bisping is set to fight Thales Leites on July 18th at the UFC’s first trip to Glasgow, Scotland. That’s an interesting on many levels.

Most recently, Bisping worked his way to a UD win over CB Dollaway in April. Leites, on the other hand, is coming off a choke-out victory over Tim Boetsch, and has won 8 in a row.