Despite his positive drug test for two types of steroids, many of Anderson Silva's sponsors are continuing to stand behind their man. This is also true of the UFC's Brazilian TV partner, Rede Globo. MMA Fighting spoke to many of his sponsors - some provided comment, some would not. But the ones that did continued to show support for the former UFC middleweight champion. Globo issued a statement to MMA Fighting stating the fighter will continue to keep his position as a coach on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil:
"Keep Anderson on TUF, until all the results are released and the Nevada State Athletic Commission has made its decision, it was a decision made in agreement with the UFC."
Other companies, such as Furnas Educa and Hotel Urbano used words like "confidence", "integrity" and "professionalism" in their particular statements. Some sponsors, such as Budweiser and Viber, would not comment on Silva's issues.
Silva (34-6) defeated Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 183, but it was revealed after the fight that he failed a a random test administered about a month before the bout. The steroids found in his system were Drostanolone and Androstane. The Nevada State Athletic Commission will meet later this month to decide whether the fight will be flipped to a No Contest, and may address possible punishment for Silva as well.