It remains to be seen what’s revealed, and or transpires, as a result of the latest USADA flag that Anderson Silva has been dealt. But, according to Michael Bisping, the recent development has “completely destroyed” the former middleweight champ’s legacy.
Recently it was announced that Silva will no longer fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122, November 25th, as result of a potential doping violation. As this is being written, it hasn’t been disclosed what Silva tested positive for. The Brazilian star has thanked the fans who are standing by him, however, and Silva’s also relayed that he will “not give up.”
Well, the man who is stepping in to fight Gastelum now is the aforementioned Bisping. During a recent media call to promote the upcoming Shanghai card, the outspoken fighter said this about Silva (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Well, he completely destroyed his legacy in my opinion,” Bisping said. “A lot of people have a short memory, and they’ll just remember his performances. His performances were great, but if you test positive for steroids twice? Once, you can talk your way out of it. Twice, I think the nail’s in the coffin.”
“The guy was a cheat, and it’s a shame. It’s really, really disappointing,” Bisping added. “I was a huge fan of Anderson Silva. It’s just disappointing, and it’s a black eye to the sport of MMA.”
Now, as noted above, it hasn’t been announced what substance Silva’s been flagged for. The storied fighter did test positive for drostanolone metabolites and methyl androstane in 2015, and he was suspended for a year. Silva denied knowingly taking banned substances, and his team claimed the failed test was due to a contaminated sexual-performance enhancing drug.
So, while it’s important to see what unfolds here in the coming weeks, in terms of Silva’s due process, there’s no question that a lot of folks aren’t viewing Silva in the same, reverent light. Gastelum also reportedly noted on the call that he believes Silva has “tarnished” his legacy.
All this aside, Bisping will be fighting for the second time this month, as on November 4th, he was choked out by Michael Bisping and lost the middleweight title.