Just about everyone in the mixed martial arts community was shocked to learn that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva had tested positive for 2 types of banned substances (steroids) following his UFC 183 victory over Nick Diaz.
“Like everyone else, I was surprised when I heard the news.”
“I don’t wish them any ill will; it’s terrible what happened to Anderson Silva – to his career, and also to him physically. It’s not my intention to bash anyone, either. I’m not a rat and I’ll never go public and name names to reporters. My only hope is that we deal with this [PED] problem. I hope if one thing comes out of this, it’s that testing will be done more stringently.”
“I really don’t know [if this will prompt the UFC to increase out-of-competition drug testing]. Maybe nothing will change. It depends on a lot of people.”
GSP left the sport of MMA following his UFC 167 split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks. “Rush” cited the UFC’s drug testing issues as one of the main reasons for his departure.
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