UFC star Anderson Silva wants cheats banned for life

As more fighters are failing, it's time to up the punishments according to Silva (©GettyImages)

Anderson Silva has gone on record to say that he feels the UFC should be coming down harder on cheaters than it does at the moment.

It comes on the back of a year where the UFC has seen some of their highest profile stars busted for taking PEDs (performance enhancing drugs).

And for Silva, who is no stranger to facing doping opponents, that should mean no more fights.

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Career ending suspensions

“When the guys test for the steroids, (they should have) no more fights,” Silva said when speaking to MMAJunkie.com.

“When you use the steroids, you use them for a long time. When you use the steroids for a long time, you have a problem. It’s a drug and it’s not good for the sport.”

“When the guys test for the steroids, it’s bad because this is a problem. It’s bad not just for the UFC, but for the sport.” He added.

Facing cheaters head on

Silva is no stranger to facing cheating fighters either, so he talks from personal experience.

Seven fighters who have faced Silva have been busted for taking PEDs at some point during their career, including UFC Hall of Famers, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.

"If you do the sport in a good light, you have a good life. That is my opinion.”

Silva is a strong believer in karma but despite his dislike of those who cheat, it's unclear what his opinion would be of Nick Diaz's recreational use of marijuana, for which he has been busted several times throughout his career.

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