Anderson Silva, former longtime UFC middleweight champion, who hasn’t stepped into the cage since February 2017, was flagged by (USADA) for a potential doping violation in November. Silva was then pulled from a scheduled UFC Fight Night 122 headliner against Kelvin Gastelum and placed under provisional suspension.
This isn’t the first time Anderson Silva has been flagged for banned substances. He tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane back in Jan. 2015. The tests reversed his victory over Nick Diaz to a no contest and served a 12-month suspension.
While Silva kept away from the media since, the former champ has taken to social media a few times, sharing clips of his training, and vows to be back. But he broke his silence by recently denying he had ever taken steroids and offering a potential cause for the drug test failure.
“Nothing, never in my life,” Silva told TMZ. “Because, first of all, my body never changed. Sometimes, the problem is – you use a different supplement and this (happens).”
Silva also mentions that his team has been collaborating with USADA and was “excited” in light of what he could hear back from them as early as next month and plans to return to fighting at some point.
I’m just waiting,” Silva said. “Because the fight is my life. I’m waiting for the USADA decision, but I’m very (excited to come back)” he added.