One of the UFC’s biggest stars could fight this year after all, as USADA has announced that Anderson Silva will be eligible to throw hands, on November 10th.
Silva has been on the sidelines since late last year, after he tested positive for the banned substances methyltestosterone and hydrochlorothiazide. The legend repeatedly denied knowingly taking any type of performance enhancing drug. Since Silva has been suspended by USADA before, the 43 year-old was facing a career ending, suspension.
But, the organization has informed ESPN that it has confirmed the failed test was due to a contaminated, dietary supplement the former middleweight champ took. As a result, Silva is cleared to fight November 10th.
Silva was quoted saying the following about the news:
“This is great news — I am vindicated,” Silva said. “The past nine months have been extremely difficult. I felt like my career and everything I had worked so hard for was dying and my future was hanging in the balance.
“I knew in my heart that I had done nothing wrong and fully cooperated with USADA during their inquiry to prove it.”
So, while Silva is no longer the force he was, this is huge news for a lot of fans and the UFC.