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NAC executive director: Anderson Silva positive drug test is ‘unfortunate for all of us’

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett voiced his disappointment regarding former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s positive drug test for two separate steroids.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, it was announced that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane, both banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

According to the Nevada Athletic Commission, the 39-year-old was given two different out-of-competition tests on January 9 and 19. They also confirmed that Silva had passed a urine test, although the commission was still waiting for the results of the Jan. 19 test.

NAC executive director Bob Bennett expressed his disappointment regarding the positive drug test.

"I think it's very unfortunate," Bennett told's Ariel Helwani. "The UFC have made a tremendous effort to level the playing field in their fight against PEDs. Credit goes to them for doing the right thing based on principles and they continue to support our out-of-competition drug testing efforts."

However, Bennett emphasized that the disappointing result should not overshadow the strides that the promotion has made with regarding to drug testing.

"You can't lose sight of all the other athletes that do what they are supposed to do and fight cleanly. The UFC deserves a great deal of credit for supporting the PED challenge that we currently have. It's just unfortunate for all of us."

Nick Diaz, Silva's opponent at UFC 183, tested positive for marijuana metabolites.

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