You are innocent until proven guilty.
That is what Anderson Silva’s attitude is until his hearing in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission on August 13.
Silva was suspended by the UFC after failing a pre-show drug test for performing- enhancing drugs, Drostanolone and Androstane, before his UFC 183 fight against Nick Diaz.
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UFC 183 was Anderson Silva’s return to the octagon since his gruesome leg break against Chris Weidman at UFC 163. In February, it was revealed by the NAC that Silva also failed a second post-fight drug test for Drostanolone.
However, Silva’s team is confident that there were inconsistencies in the drug testing, and that the former Middleweight Champion will be cleared.
Bob Bennett, from the NAC disagrees and believes Silva’s entourage should prepare for disappointment. "I anticipate our findings to be accurate." Bennett told MMAFighting.
The NAC’s new, firmer drug rules didn’t come into play until July 1, meaning Silva will be punished under the old guidelines and will likely receive a penalty of nine months to a year.
Nick Diaz also failed his drug test. Testing positive for marijuana metabolites after the fight. Diaz is also on the NAC’s agenda August 13, but his legal team is requesting a postponement, citing scheduling problems.
Diaz was recently caught on video at the World Series of Fighting 22 event in Las Vegas the night of UFC 190. The American born fighter appeared to be in an aggressive brawl with fellow UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, it's worth noting, Khabib Nurmagomedov didn't get involved in the altercation in any serious way.
Punches, kicks, stools and beer were thrown during the confrontation. The trouble first started in the crowd, but later escalated to backstage when several police officers arrived at the scene.