Despite Doping Violations, Anderson Silva Doesn’t Believe It Has Had Any Effect On His MMA Career
Back in 2017, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva flagged by USADA that he tested positive for banned substances methyltestosterone metabolites, and diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. As a result, ‘Spider’ was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122.
USADA handed Silva reduced one-year suspension for flunking an out-of-competition urine test which is dated back to October 2017 after examining that former champ took dietary supplement product from the compounding pharmacy.
Silva’s name was already tainted by first drug test controversy back in 2015. Former champ received one year of suspension for failing two drug tests in the wake of his win against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 which later overturned to no contest. ‘Spider’ tested positive for anabolic steroids name drostanolone metabolites and androstane.
His contemporaries Michael Bisping previously said second failed test destroyed what’s little left of Silva’s legacy.
Speaking with Combate, recently Anderson Silva said he isn’t worried about what happened in the past in regards to a doping violation as greater things weigh more. He also added Jon Jones example as they both have gone through the same difficulties then they overcame them.
“I don’t think [they taint my career],” Silva said. “Both me and Jon Jones have been through some difficult things in the sport. To come back from what we had to live through, that’s more than loving what you like. It takes a special kind of person. I have great affection for him.
“We talk whenever we can, I try to give him some of my experience as to how to live in the fighting world, but behind the cameras. Jon Jones has everything to create a great story. He already is a great story. You can’t debate what he did for the sport. The things he did, which I ended up doing, they were flaws we had no control over and we paid for them. There were more good things than bad. Jon Jones has my respect, I’m sure he’s the absolute champion of this sport.”
Anderson Silva is currently slated to meet Jared Cannonier at the UFC 237 pay-per-view event which takes place Rio de Janeiro on May 11.