Updated: Anderson Silva tests positive for steroids Nick Diaz for pot in UFC 183 drug screenings

A storm is brewing. Kevin Iole broke the news on Tuesday, over Twitter that both the headliners at UFC 183 failed drug tests surrounding…

By: Zane Simon | 9 years ago
Updated: Anderson Silva tests positive for steroids Nick Diaz for pot in UFC 183 drug screenings
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A storm is brewing. Kevin Iole broke the news on Tuesday, over Twitter that both the headliners at UFC 183 failed drug tests surrounding the event. According to Iole, Anderson Silva failed a pre-fight drug test, and Nick Diaz failed a post fight screening. Reportedly, Diaz tested positive for Marijuana metabolites after the event.

For Anderson, however, the results are much more serious. The UFC has released an official statement, disclosing that Anderson Silva has failed a pre-fight drug screening for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone:

You can hear more from Anderson at his post UFC 183 presser

“On February 3, 2015, the UFC organization was notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his Jan. 9 out of competition drug test. UFC’s understanding is that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results.

“Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world. UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results.

“The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes.”

Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow as we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the story as it unfolds.

UPDATE: Ariel Helwani revealed, via Twitter, that Silva may have also tested positive for a second steroid, Androsterone Androstane.

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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