Anderson Silva Hit With One Year USADA Suspension
Following a failed drug test in the lead up to his scheduled UFC Shanghai fight against Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva may return to the UFC.
Silva was handed a one-year suspension from USADA earlier this week for a failed test dated October 26th of 2017. Silva’s failure came from tainted supplements from a Brazilian compounding Pharmacy, and were not listed on the label of the supplement bottle.
Silva’s suspension is retroactive to Nov. 10, 2017, which means he can return to the Octagon by November 10th, 2018.
“I am vindicated,” Silva said in a statement given to ESPN by Silva’s team.
“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. Today I have a renewed energy. My legacy is restored. I can focus on getting back into the ring and the next chapter of my life after fighting.”
This is the second time that Silva has failed a drug test, as he would test positive on an in-competition drug test prior to his UFC 183 fight against Nick Diaz. Sulva would be suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for one year. The 2015 offense does not count towards his USADA record, as this was prior to their relationship with the UFC.
Initial Report: ESPN