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Thursday 11, May 2017

  Kelvin Gastelum Gets Reduced Sanction

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Kelvin Gastelum, the American professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will receive a reduced suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency following a positive test for marijuana.

USADA announced the six-month suspension of the UFC middleweight was reduced to three months following the completion of a drug awareness program. This means the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17 is eligible to return to competition after his suspension expires on June 10.

Gastelum (13-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) went to Brazil in the UFC Fight Night 106 main event in March and beat local star and former champion Vitor Belfort (25-13 MMA, 14-9 UFC) with a first-round TKO. The win also earned Gastelum his second Performance of the Night bonus award. However, Gastelum tested positive for carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (otherwise known as “THC,” a metabolite found in marijuana) in a sample collected on the day of the event, which took place March 11 in Fortaleza. Currently competing as a middleweight and is ranked #8 in the UFC official middleweight rankings, the Yuma native earned back-to-back victories over Tim Kennedy and Johny Hendricks in 2016 prior to facing Belfort. Gastelum is 8-2 over the course of his promotional tenure.

The potential positive test of Gastelum was announced on April 6 by USADA. Earlier this month, the Superior Tribunal de Justica Desportiva do MMA (STJDMMA), the Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA, reached an agreement with the fighter. The win of Gastelum was officially overturned and declared a no-contest, and he was suspended 90 days retroactive to the March 11 test date. Gastelum also was fined 20 percent of his purse. The plea agreement was made in accordance with representatives from USADA, the UFC and Cristiano Sampaio, who oversees operations for Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA, Brazil’s MMA commission).

In a statement, USADA said Kelvin Gastelum accepted a six-month period of ineligibility, which began on March 11, 2017, the date of sample collection. The statement further reads that his period of ineligibility was reduced by three months and is now scheduled to expire on June 10, 2017 based on Gastelum’s successful completion of a USADA approved drug awareness and management program. It also reads that Gastelum’s positive test also falls under the jurisdiction of the Brazilian MMA Sports Court, which has the authority to independently adjudicate the case in accordance with CABMMA’s rules and regulations because the UFC Fight Night event in Fortaleza was sanctioned by the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA). The USADA statement also reads that Gastelum’s sanction under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy is now identical in length to the period of ineligibility imposed by the Brazilian MMA Sports Court on May 7, 2017 following the reduction to a three-month period of ineligibility.

Gastelum was scheduled to fight Anderson Silva at UFC 212 before the news of his positive test emerged. Silva was pulled from the card as Gastelum would not be eligible in time. Gastelum has expressed his wish to fight Silva in July at UFC on FOX 25 in New York.

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Thursday 21, Jan 2016

  Anderson Silva Responds To Bisping’s Comments

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Anderson da Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, has responded to a jibe from Michael Bisping.

Recently, Bisping had tweeted Silva to stay out from Viagra. The English mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was referring to Silva’s admission that he took a sexually enhancing blue vial and did not used anabolic androgenic steroids after he tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites and Androsterone following his fight with Nick Diaz. A $380,000 fine and a 12-month suspension, retroactive from January 31, were handed to Silva by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Reacting to Bisping’s remark, Silva said he does not have to prove absolutely anything to Bisping or anyone else besides himself. Silva, who holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history, remarked he never needed any illegal substance, steroid or anything like that and also remarked he did made a mistake like everyone does and he had never tested positive before. Silva said he was questioned by the commissioner and it was arrogant for the NAC commissioner to ask him if he had ever been randomly tested before. The Brazilian mixed martial artist said he is excited for the Michael Bisping bout and said a dominant win for him will catapult into title contendership.

Bisping has been a vocal critic of users of performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. The former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion, who is ranked #7 in official UFC middleweight rankings, once said if Cung Le was on some kind of enhancing drug, it only makes my performance seem better, referring to the UFC Fight Night 48 in August but also remarked he would have been outraged and pissed off if he had lost. Bisping has fought no lesser than three opponents who were known users of synthetic testosterone, all of whom took the “shield” of therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone-replacement therapy. TRT is now banned in MMA and the UFC and Bisping said if people’s testosterone levels can be 10 times higher than what it normally is, of course that’s going to give you an edge.

Bisping said on his radio show he is telling people right now that he is going to destroy Anderson Silva. The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament winner said his camp is going the best it has ever been and he is performing better. Bisping also remarked he is way better mentally than he has ever been and he is going to get the people of London to cheer and make some goddamn noise and demand that he gets a title shot.

Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 15-2 UFC) vs. Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) will headline the UFC Fight Night 83 card in London, England on February 27th at London’s 02 Arena. The matchup between the two has been brewing for many years but it never came to reality because of the previous position of Silva as UFC champion paired with struggles of Bisping in key bouts.

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Monday 02, Nov 2015

  Anderson Silva Is A “Coward”, Says Ben Rothwell

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Top-ranked UFC heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell has called Anderson Silva a “coward” for not admitting his guilt after receiving a 12 month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission for using anabolic androgenic steroids.

Rothwell said Anderson Silva destroyed his legacy not because he was busted but because he continually denied everything to show just what a coward he is. Ben Rothwell added he has no respect for Silva and added Silva is a cheat and is not a man.

Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history. He tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane after his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. Silva beat Diaz via unanimous decision but the win was overturned to no contest after his use of performance enhancing drugs. The former middleweight champion pleaded his innocence and said he tested positive because of a mysterious sexually enhancing “blue vial” that he acquired from a friend in Thailand.

In 2013, Ben Rothwell himself tested positive for elevated levels of Testosterone. He was suspended for a period of nine months but took full responsibility for his actions and vowed to never cheat again.

In another development, Michael Bisping said he is no longer interested in Anderson Silva. Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) said the drug test failure of Silva has changed his desire to fight against Silva. Bisping added he believes that a person does not make a decision to try a new thing called steroids at the age of 39 and Silva must have been on the juice the whole time. Bisping, who is arguably the most famous fighter to have never received a UFC title shot, said he is not sure if he would accept a fight with the man who is considered by many as one of the greatest of all time.

Bisping added nobody expected Anderson Silva to test positive and he has always been a fantastic fighter, always been a fan favorite. The English mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship added it is ridiculous that Anderson’s positive test was the first time he was ever tested out of competition and he failed it. Bisping also remarked Silva came up with every excuse under the sun, including Viagra, and he looked the fool and added he wouldn’t fight Silva or anyone else that has a history of taking steroids.

Silva was recently criticized for laughing when his team made fun of Steven Seagal, action movie star and former mentor of Anderson. Seagal has always been a figure of ridicule within the MMA community. The 63-year-old started working with Silva and Lyoto Machida in 2010 and served as a mentor and teacher to the former UFC champions. However, Seagal has been absent from the mixed martial arts sphere since he started taking credit for some of their techniques. Anderson Silva started to distance himself from Seagal after he took praise for the front kick Silva used to knockout Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

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Saturday 03, Oct 2015

  UFC VP Lends Support To Nick Diaz

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UFC Vice President of Athlete Health & Performance Jeff Novitzky has publicly stated that the recent suspension of five years on Nick Diaz by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) is not right.

Novitzky, who was brought in to oversee the new and ramped-up drug testing of UFC, said though he does not have the insights on what was presented in open forum in the commission’s hearing and he believes Diaz should not be punished. The UFC VP said three tests were conducted on Diaz: one taken before the fight, one immediately after, and one shortly after that. Novitzky said the first and last tests were done by WADA-accredited laboratories that follow the highest standard in laboratories, both in testing and sensitivity of equipment, and the first and last tests came well under the threshold of marijuana.

Novitzky went on to say Nick Diaz should not have been suspended for the positive result in the first place. He also said it is his view that it is wrong to assume that some on the commission who may have felt insulted as Nick pleaded the Fifth Amendment to all of their questions and the commission acted with a vengeful attitude towards Diaz. Novitzky also pointed out fingers at the NAC by saying their proposed new regulations is three years, which to his understanding has not even been formally passed and said the suspension could have been potentially his failure to fill out the form and leaving marijuana off his pre-fight that was taken into consideration as some kind of aggravating circumstance. During the proceedings, some NAC commissioners openly mocked and laughed at the objections and firmness of Middlebrook in putting together a compelling defense.

The UFC Vice President addressed the pending appeal by the legal team of Diaz and noted that he fully believes that a court would decide that the former American mixed martial artist was not given the fair shake he is due by law. Novitzky added this is the second time the NAC has got things wrong and said the same thing happened with the samples of Anderson Silva who tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids. Novitzky also said it is ridiculous for anyone to assume that marijuana is a performance enhancing substance. He, however, acknowledged that the increasing acceptance of marijuana is balanced by the aforementioned threshold of 150 ng/ml as it is pointed by several studies that it is a good threshold to prevent any possible performance enhancement.

In another development, the decision of Henry Cejudo to not fight in the state of Nevada has been described by the lawyer of Diaz as “amazing“. Lucas Middlebrook said that is a very individualized decision for a fighter. Diaz’s lawyer added that to stand behind someone in a like position where you, at least in the short term, could take a financial hit, but you are standing up to fix a bigger problem, and he really cannot commend anyone enough who makes those decisions as it is really an amazing gesture. The decision of Cejudo is more to do with his belief that he doubts the ability of the Nevada Athletic Commission to rule objectively.

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Sunday 27, Sep 2015

  Nick Diaz Banned For Life By UFC

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The UFC has given a “lifetime ban” to Welterweight Nick Diaz after a suspension of five years was imposed on the former American mixed martial artist who is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Diaz failed a third positive test for marijuana and his suspension could most certainly end his time in the Octagon. The 33-year-old Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on 31 January. Diaz however passed two other drug tests on fight night.

The controversy comes in that two other samples of Nick Diaz passed drug tests analyzed by the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) that is acknowledged and accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The third failed test, that was administered in-between the two clean tests, was analyzed by a different agency in Quest Diagnostics. The team of Diaz claims that the results were “scientifically unreliable” given that the results of SMRTL were reached using the higher standard of drug testing protocols of WADA.

The fight between Silva-Diaz was ruled a no-contest after Anderson Silva tested positive for anabolic steroids and received a doping ban of one year and fined $380,000.

In 2007, Diaz was suspended by the NSAC for six months after he tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In 2012, Diaz was banned for a year for testing positive for marijuana metabolites following a defeat to Carlos Condit.

On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission met to discuss Diaz’s third failed test. NSAC commissioner Skip Avansino said a five-year ban would essentially be the same as “a lifetime [ban] for [Diaz].” The NSAC voted unanimously to ban Diaz for five years, meaning he would not be eligible to make a return until 2020. The UFC fighter was also fined $165,000. Diaz was present during the hearing but decided not to answer any question. Commissioner Pat Lundvall had to force Diaz to verbally plead the fifth in his stance of silence during the hearing that had around 30 questions.

Upon hearing the verdict, Diaz spoke to media and labeled the Commission a “bunch of dorks”. Diaz’s attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, said his client will appeal against the ban after a decision was made in what he claimed to be a “kangaroo court”. The argument of Middlebrook is based on the failed test of Diaz containing five times the legal limit of marijuana metabolites while the other two tests were well below the allowable level. Middlebrook argues that the results cannot be judged to be reliable given the difference between the failed test and the two clean tests.

Middlebrook also said a box marked “observed” was not filled in by the collector that means Nick Diaz may have been unsupervised when he provided it. It was also added that the name of Diaz was included on the sample when all tests are meant to be anonymous to remove any bias and prevent tampering. However, the NSAC remained unmoved and stood by its decision and defended the testing techniques of Quest despite Diaz being a registered medical-marijuana user.

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Tuesday 18, Aug 2015

  Silva Banned For One Year, Blames Positive Drug Tests On Sexual Performance Supplements

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for one year, retroactive to the date of the fight, and a fine of $380,000 was imposed on him. Considered one of the greatest UFC fighters, Silva admitted to taking Oxazepam, a benzodiazepine that is used for treating anxiety and acute alcohol withdrawal, as well as Temazepam that is used for treating insomnia.

After his suspension was announced, Silva’s name was erased from rankings announced by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Silva has claimed that his positive drug test before and after his UFC 183 bout against Nick Diaz in January was because of a supplement used to improve sexual performance.

Anderson Silva was all set to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in his defence after testing positive to anabolic steroids Drostanolone and Androstane in a pre-fight drug test. Silva also tested positive for Drostanolone and the anti-anxiety medication Oxazepam and Temazepam that are used for treating sleep deprivation in a post-fight urinalysis. It is widely believed that the representatives of Anderson Silva are expected to argue that the ex-UFC middleweight champion was not trying to improve his performance inside the Octagon but he was trying to improve his bedroom performance.

The UFC fighter faces a fine up to $250,000 and the result of his bout with Diaz will be changed to a No Contest after a request by the attorney general ofNevada, Christopher Eccles.  During the same fight, Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time. The former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and former WEC Welterweight Champion failed a pre-fight test for marijuana against lightweight champion Takanori Gomi after the news came out the Nevada State Athletics Commission on April 10, 2007. Diaz tested positive for marijuana again in 2012 in a post-fight drug test after his fight with Carlos Condit who defeated Diaz via unanimous decision.

Silva, who holds the record for the longest UFC championship defence streak, is counting on documents that suggest the testing of the said sexual enhancement supplement was contaminated with exogenous anabolic agent (Drostanolone metabolite). Silva’s lawyer Michael Alonso remarked the other supplement Silva was using could have contained Androstane. Silva is also expected to include inconsistencies in drug tests including two tests — one pre-fight and one post-fight — that Anderson Silva passed.

Silva believes B.J. Penn, his long-time friend and former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, to be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the sport’s history.

The Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist, who is regarded by many including UFC President Dana White as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, started martial arts at the young age of 7 and trained Tae Kwon Do and earned a black belt by the age of 18 years. Silva also has a black belt in Judo and made his debut at Ultimate Fight Night on June 28, 2006 where he faced Chris Leben and knocked him out a series of pinpoint strikes that were followed by a final knee strike into the first round.

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Saturday 02, May 2015

  Anderson Silva Subject To Out-Of-Competition Testing

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Anderson Silva Subject To Out-Of-Competition Testing

UFC legend and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva is ready to get “embarrassed” while trying to compete for a spot in the Brazilian taekwondo team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The former UFC middleweight champion will be subject to random, out-of-competition drug testing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

On January 9, Anderson Silva tested positive to Drostanolone metabolites during a random out-of-competition test in the lead-up to his victory over Nick Diaz. The 39-year-old Silva, who is regarded by many to be the best MMA fighter in history, won by a unanimous points decision against Diaz as part of UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett also disclosed that Androstane, also a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules, was found in Silva’s January 9 tests. Diaz, who was also tested, tested positive for marijuana metabolites after the same fight.

The UFC confirmed the initial findings on its website and said the UFC organization was notified on February 3, 2015 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his January 9 out of competition drug test. It was added that it is the understanding of the UFC that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results and it was said that 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 website statement also reads that 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.

The UFC also confirmed positive test of Diaz in its statement and said it has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on January 31 in Las Vegas. This is the third time Nick Diaz has tested positive for drugs related to marijuana.

It was the first time in the 18-year, 34-victory career of Anderson Silva that he tested positive for a banned substance. It is interesting to note that Silva has previously campaigned for a lifetime ban on the users of performance enhancing drugs.

Secretary Marco Aurelio Klein of the Brazilian Agency of Doping Control (ABCD) said if Silva is competing in official tournaments at the Brazilian Taekwondo Federation (CBTKD), he will be under the ABCD’s jurisdiction, so, like any other athlete, he can be subject to in- and out-of-competition tests by the Brazilian Agency of Doping Control. Klein added Anderson tested positive for anabolic steroids and, in this condition, he has advantages over other athletes who don’t use this banned substance. The ABCD secretary added for us it doesn’t appear to be the best message to other athletes who follow the anti-doping rules ahead of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.

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Wednesday 25, Feb 2015

  UFC Announces Anti-Doping Plan

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world, has announced a multimillion-dollar anti-doping plan after fighters Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard were temporarily suspended for failed drug tests.

Effective July 1, all fighters will be subject to random performance-enhancing drug testing. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta remarked the world’s leading MMA promotion will urge athletic commissions to impose more severe doping penalties. The UFC CEO went on to remark that he supports the idea of a two-year ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency for first-time offenders and increasing the ban to four years if WADA goes that route. Fertitta said our current methods are catching athletes using PEDs and added although we feel confident that the in-competition has been effective, we recognize the need for a more robust out-of-competition plan in accordance with athletic commissions and regulatory bodies.

The UFC CEO also said we can do better and added we have all seen similar challenges in the world of sports. And consequently we see that the UFC is no more immune to performance-enhancing drug use than any other major sport. He added the UFC spent approximately $500,000 on drug testing in 2013 and 2014 and was now willing to spend “several million dollars” for both in- and out-of-competition testing. Fertitta also remarked the UFC expected to administer around 984 tests a year, based on 41 events.

Georges St-Pierre, a longtime advocate for more of drug testing, appreciated the announcement. The former welterweight champion said the announcement is clearly a big step in the right direction for our sport and added he is very happy to learn about the UFC announcing a new comprehensive random PED testing.

California state athletic commission executive director Andy Foster said it is one thing for the UFC to snap its fingers and announce a major change but added state regulatory agencies don’t always work so quickly, nor should they. Nevada state athletic commission executive director Bob Bennett remarked a four-year suspension would be a phenomenal deterrent, especially in this sport as it would make a fighter think twice.

The UFC announcement was also appreciated by Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Executive Director Greg Sirb. He remarked you have got to give them some credit for jumping ahead and doing something on an issue as serious as this. Sirb added at least they’re being proactive on this, which is good and added but each commission has its own state or tribal laws and regulations and so whatever the UFC comes up with, they’re going to have to have it adopted by every state commission. Sirb also remarked his thought would be that the suspension would go to the MMA database as well as the national boxing database, so when that fighter’s name comes up for a card, that’s good information for the commission. He also remarked he likes the idea of them putting that information out there, telling us who tested positive, for what and when and we may not want to license him.

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Saturday 21, Feb 2015

  Half Of MMA Fighters Could Be Doping, Says UFC Commentator

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UFC’s veteran commentator, Joe Rogan, has stunned all by saying that over half of MMA fighters are doping. Rogan made this comment in the wake of recent failed drug tests of star fighters Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard.

Hector Lombard, the Cuban-Australian professional mixed martial artist and former Olympic judoka who competes as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for anabolic steroids following his UFC 182 victory over Josh Burkman on January 3 in Las Vegas.

Lombard tested positive for was Desoxymethyltestosterone, commonly known as Madol. Former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva tested positive for two anabolic steroids: Drostanolone and Androstane. Silva’s competitor Nick Diaz failed a test for marijuana metabolites while UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently tested positive for cocaine metabolites.

The #1 contender in the official UFC middleweight rankings, Silva holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history and has 12 post-fight bonus awards. Silva claimed he has not taken any performance enhancing drugs and added he has been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive test.

Firas Zahabi, the coach of the semi-retired UFC star George St-Pierre who is a strong advocate of clean sports, remarked after Silva’s drug scandal that he wants the sport to be clean else a guy is going to die in the Octagon one day.

On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan said the UFC and MMA in general is a steroid epidemic. The commentator added they have started this really stringent testing and everybody is getting popped left and right. Rogan said it is one of the things fighters have been saying for a long time, that everyone is on steroids or a huge percentage and added the number (is) 50 percent, 60 percent, whatever it is they are on anabolic steroids.

 A black belt in Taekwando and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rogan cited the physical strain of intense training as the main reason behind athletes succumbing to steroid use. The veteran commentator said fighters will sometimes train three times a day and added maybe they’ll run, do sprints in the morning, and then they’ll do some kind of strength and conditioning in the afternoon and also remarked then they’ll do wrestling or jiu-jitsu at night. Rogan added then they’ll vary and the next day they might do kickboxing in the morning and running in the afternoon, then weight lifting at night.

The UFCs veteran commentator also remarked there’s not enough time in the day, and there’s not enough time to recover and so that’s when comes in Dr. Feelgood, he comes along, and bang. However, Rogan condemned use of banned drugs and brush aside claims that the supposed drug use case of Anderson Silva was to help him return from injury. Rogan said so if he’s 39 years old and he breaks his leg, you’re looking at a long-ass recovery period or you take steroids and you recover in nine months instead of 15 months or fill in the blank. He added that could be what’s going on, but the reality is it is illegal and said if it takes you 15 months, the excuse cannot be that someone is going to take some illegal drugs so he heals quicker as no one is ever allowed to take steroids.

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Tuesday 17, Feb 2015

  Anderson Silva Is Innocent Of Wrongdoing, Says Antonio Silva

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Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has remarked Anderson Silva is innocent of any wrongdoing. Antonio made this remark after Anderson Silva failed a pre-fight drug test before his bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st.

Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his bout with Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Diaz’s long time boxing coach Richard Perez said Diaz would have stopped Silva if Anderson had not come in with anabolic steroids. Perez added steroids make a big difference and remarked it is difficult to knock people out when they are on steroids.

Bigfoot, a friend of “The Spider“, said the fault lies with Dr. Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Comissão Atletica Brasileira de MMA, who helped Silva recover from a broken leg.

Bigfoot added Anderson has fought since he was 17, during his long career he has never had a problem with doping. He added unfortunately this happened when he was returning from a long and intense healing process. Bigfoot added he is absolutely positive that he isn’t guilty of anything and also remarked he must have done something at his doctor’s suggestion. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva also remarked Anderson was a victim and he thinks that people from NSAC should verify this. He also said it is not the first time for this doctor and added the NSAC should be aware of how fighters are and who is causing these problems.

Bigfoot mentioned his specific case with Dr. Marcio Tannure. Antonio remarked he had a problem with the doctor and ended up getting a nine month suspension. Offering details, Antonio said it was when TRT was allowed and he was cleared to use it but the dosage that he gave to him was too high. Tannure defended himself at the time of the drug test failure of Bigfoot in December 2013 by remarking that he notified Antonio via email to get another TRT injection as his levels were still low but he did not gave him the injection personally.

Talking about Silva’s positive test, Georges St-Pierre remarked Anderson Silva should not have been allowed to compete with a ‘biological weapon’. St-Pierre, a strong advocate of clean sports, remarked the fight should be canceled as it is cheating and added a performance enhancing drug is like a weapon that gives an advantage over the opponent that you should not be able to compete with as that puts the health of the competitor in jeopardy.

In another development, the second set of pre-UFC 183 drug tests for Anderson Silva came back clean.  Anderson Silva tested positive for two steroids, Drostanolone and Adrostane, in his January 9th screening. He is now waiting the outcome of a meeting of Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on February 17 where he may receive a formal penalty for the drug test failure. No official monetary fines have been imposed on Anderson Silva till now, though he has received temporary suspension until a formal ruling is made.

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