A storm is brewing. Kevin Iole broke the news on Tuesday, over Twitter that both the headliners at UFC 183 failed drug tests surrounding the event. According to Iole, Anderson Silva failed a pre-fight drug test, and Nick Diaz failed a post fight screening. Reportedly, Diaz tested positive for Marijuana metabolites after the event.
Anderson Silva AND Nick Diaz fail drug tests ... Silva's failure was on a PRE-FIGHT test. Diaz post-fight test for marijuana. Story coming— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) February 4, 2015
For Anderson, however, the results are much more serious. The UFC has released an official statement, disclosing that Anderson Silva has failed a pre-fight drug screening for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone:
"On February 3, 2015, the UFC organization was notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his Jan. 9 out of competition drug test. UFC's understanding is that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results.
"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 UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes."
Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow as we'll be sure to keep you updated on the story as it unfolds.
UPDATE: Ariel Helwani revealed, via Twitter, that Silva may have also tested positive for a second steroid,
Also, per Bennett, Silva tested positive for 2 PEDs on 1/9. The other one found in his system was androsterone.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 4, 2015