Anderson Silva suspended for one year, fined $380,000

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UFC middleweight legend Anderson Silva has been suspended for one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Silva tested positive for drostanolone metabolites and androsterone during a pre-fight test for UFC 183.

In a bizarre hearing today the former UFC Middleweight Champion pleaded the fifth through a translator when asked about a “blue vile” that contained a sexual performance supplement. The supplement is what Silva’s defense claimed to have caused one of the positive tests.

Following the Nevada Athletic Commission’s hearing today, Anderson Silva is required to serve a 12-month suspension from competition, retroactive from his last fight on January 31. At the conclusion of his suspension, Silva must present a clean test upon reapplication of a license before his next fight in Nevada. The UFC organization maintains a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes, and fully supports the Commission’s ongoing efforts to ensure clean competition by all MMA athletes.

UFC recognizes Silva’s great career and looks forward to his return to the Octagon in 2016.

— UFC Statement
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