For the second time in as many outings, UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva has reportedly failed a drug test following his third round submission victory over Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on FUEL TV 6 earlier this month, according to a press release from the UFC. This time, the drug test was for marijuana metabolites that were in his system.
Silva was also suspended following his UFC 125 victory over Brandon Vera for using a urine adulterant (non-human urine) in attempt to alter the results of his drug test. After more than a year out of action, Silva returned last April and lost a unanimous decision to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FUEL TV 2. That win was overturned to a no contest, but there was no word on whether this victory will receive the same fate. If so, Silva will be technically winless since 2009.
With his UFC life potentially on the line, Silva earned a comeback submission victory over Nedkov and likely saved his career. Or did he? With the positive test, Silva will be suspended six months and will reportedly have to undergo rehab. He is the second fighter in less than a month to be suspended for marijuana, as Dave Herman was suspended following his loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153 in October. Interestingly, the UFC acted as its own governing body at both events, as there are typically no athletic commissions in international venues.
At this point, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the UFC cut Silva. He already had to be on a short leash, and since he probably isn’t even in the top ten in the division, he’s not going to be any sort of huge loss to the roster. Dana White and Co. typically don’t favor fighters who repeatedly are on the wrong end of bad press, especially if they are replaceable.
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