UFC legend, Anderson Silva has tested positive for steroids in a drugs test done before his fight with Nick Diaz.
In a statement released by the UFC, they revealed that the Brazilian fighter failed an out-of-competition drugs test for Drostanolone, which is an anabolic steroid but didn't receive the result until Tuesday after the fight.
Silva has never failed a drug test before and was considered by many as someone who'd never cheat, but now his whole career could be tarnished.
The corruption of a legacy
Silva has famously fought 'juicers' before like Stephan Bonner and Chael Sonnen and spoke out against their drug uses saying 'positive tests should be mean no more fights'.
Now though, it seems that he may not have been as clean as first thought. He defended the UFC Middleweight title for over 10 years before losing it to Chris Weidman and is often considered one of the best fighters in MMA history. Yet, like Jon Jones last month, his reputation as a fighter is going to be dragged through the mud.
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In the UFC's statement they said: “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.
"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."
Should Silva have ever returned?
Silva famously lost for the second time to Weidman via a horrifying leg break and many thought that his career was over at that point in time.
Even if Silva had lost to Diaz, the world wouldn't have been shocked or surprised, they'd just accept that a 39-year-old fighter with 39 fights beforehand and recovering from one of MMA's worst injuries in history, may not be able to do it anymore.
Instead, we get this. The UFC's answer to Lance Armstrong. A legend who's career could end in disgrace and with all his past glories tarnished.