Anderson Silva issued 12-month suspension and $380k fine

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) have issued former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (33-6) with a 12-month suspension and fine of $380,000 following a disciplinary hearing on Thursday, August 13.

In addition, Silva’s unanimous decision victory against Nick Diaz on January 31 has now been overturned to a ‘no-contest’ and he is also required to reimburse the NSAC for both attorney and testing fees.

The 40-year-old Brazilian failed an out-of-competition drug test taken on January 9, in the build up to his return bout against Diaz. The former middleweight king made his anticipated comeback from a horrific leg break, suffered during his rematch with current champion Chris Weidman in December of 2013, but also failed the post-fight drug test with results showing traces of several banned substances including anti-anxiety medication, plus steroids drostanolone and methyl androstane.

Silva denied knowingly taking steroids and blamed the result on a clear liquid from a blue vial, acquired in Thailand, that was brought back and given to him by a friend. Silva stated via translator that the product was a “sexual stimulant”.

Despite the late sentence, Silva will be cleared to compete once again on January 31 of next year, with the 12-month suspension beginning on the date of his last bout.

For information on IMMAF’s anti-doping policy visit http://www.immaf.org/about/anti-doping/

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