UFC NEWS – Thiago Silva Suspension Up, Cleared To Apply For License Again

January 3, 2012 7:38 am by Pedro Carrasco

A year has passed since Thiago Silva destroyed Brandon Vera inside the Octagon at UFC 125.

however, after failing a post-fight drug screening requested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Silva was suspended from competition for a period of one-year.

No drugs of abuse or performance enhancing drugs were found in his system but when the NSAC tested his urine sample for PED’s they discovered that he did not submit a specimen from human origin and Thiago Silva instead used a synthetic urine to try and fool testers.

For his part he admitted the infraction once it was revealed that he tried to falsely pass the drug test. Stating to the athletic commission that he did, twice prior to UFC 125, get delivered two injectable steroids by his doctor but that he did so to help him recover from an ailing back injury that would have kept him from competing.

In his statement he noted that he was already off for a year at the time of the UFC 125 bout with Vera and was in need of money for himself and the family he supports. With his back against the wall, he rolled the dice in an attempt to be able to provide for his family due to him being “broke.”

He won the fight with Vera; however, the NSAC overturned the victory once he failed his drug screening. They fined him portions of his purse and suspended him for 12 months.

He now has the opportunity to apply for a license to fight, however the NSAC will request a hearing and probably ask for some sort of testimony or proof that MR. Silva is rehabilitated before granting him a license to fight.

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