By Zach Arnold | February 3, 2015
Anderson Silva reportedly tested positive for two different kinds of steroids on a January 9th Nevada State Athletic Commission-administered drug test. Silva fought Nick Diaz this past weekend in Las Vegas.
First question: Why are fighters allowed to fight if they fail a pre-fight drug test?
Second series of questions: If the Nevada State Athletic Commission is doing pre-fight drug testing of fighters, are they receiving the results of such drug tests before the fight actually occurs? If not, what is the point of doing pre-fight drug testing? What is the purpose of pre-fight drug testing other than to catch fighters doping and suspend them before they fight while allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs?
As for where this leaves Silva’s future career prospects, is a fight with Chris Weidman officially off the table? Is the only fight left for Silva, at this point in time, a not-as-dreamy-as-used-to-be super fight with Georges St. Pierre?
Silva was also reportedly not the only fighter to fail a drug test. Nick Diaz allegedly failed a Nevada State Athletic Commission post-fight drug test for… marijuana. Last week, we asked the following questions on Twitter:
— Steven Muehlhausen (@SMuehlhausenMMA) January 28, 2015
- If it is true that Nevada’s commission issued a “no comment” regarding questions of Nick Diaz’s licensing status, why was a no comment issued?
- Was Nick Diaz actively licensed with Nevada’s commission long before the UFC 183 fight or was he licensed only recently?
- Was Nick Diaz drug tested in the same manner as Anderson Silva before their UFC 183 fight? If not, why not?
- What is Nevada’s policy regarding fighters getting licensed in proximity to when their fight is scheduled to take place? If fighters can wait to get licensed until the last minute, does that mean that those fighters are not subjected to random drug testing unlike other fighters licensed by the commission?
Additionally, what is the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s future stance going to be regarding testing fighters for cocaine like they did with Jon Jones? Is it going to be the official position of the Commission that cocaine is a performance-enhancing drug? If not, why continue to test for cocaine metabolites in the future? If cocaine is considered a PED, why hasn’t Jon Jones been formally suspended?
I knew Anderson Silva was quite the popular fellow, but the general sports media decided to cover his positive drug test as a big deal. Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports is calling for Anderson’s retirement.
Anderson Silva is proclaiming his innocence for the positive drug test result. He’s proclaiming his innocence via Dr. Marcio Tannure, who also happens to be the doctor for Brazil’s MMA commission.