Like the vast majority of people predicted, the Nevada State Athletic Commission was not influenced by Anderson Silva’s defense today, and the suspended the legend for one year.
Silva stood in front of the organization today as a result of testing positive for several banned substances earlier this year. The 40 year-old fighter has repeatedly claimed he never knowingly took performance enhancing drugs, and pointed to the fact he’s never failed drug tests in the past.
More recently, it was revealed that Silva’s camp planned to present evidence that a sexual performance medication the fighter took, was tainted with drostanolone metabolites. Silva’s team also reportedly believes another supplement the former middleweight champ took may have been tainted.
At the end of the day, clearly the NSAC wasn’t swayed, as Silva was handed a one year suspension and was dinged for $380,000. The suspension is retroactive to January 31st, when Silva defeated Nick Diaz at UFC 183. So, “The Spider” won’t be able to fight again until January 31st, 2016.
According to a report from MMA Junkie, here is some of what NSAC commissioner Anthony Marnell had to say about Silva’s defense:
“I think (Silva has) done excellent things, but this is the first time he’s really been subject to enhanced testing,” Marnell said. “I feel there’s some intention here to use the product to come back from a devastating injury.
“There’s definitely knowledge of what’s going on here, and we’re just playing games. And that’s my frustration at all this soft testimony.”
Marnell is referring to the fact that Silva was returning from a broken leg he incurred in 2013, versus Chris Weidman, when he faced Diaz earlier this year.
So, really, this news shouldn’t come as a big surprise. If Silva had tested positive for PEDS more recently, he’d be sidelined for at least two years, due to the more extensive punishments that have been enacted.