After months of inexplicable delays, Anderson Silva will finally determine whether he will be suspended for his failed drug tests on August 13th. If you ask ‘The Spider' whether he is worried about the end result of the hearing, he'll confidently explain that certain irregularities with the process will help clear his name.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that Silva expects to be proclaimed innocent because of testing inconsistencies, which will be pointed out during the hearing.
After Siva defeated Nick Diaz at UFC 183, the former middleweight champion failed his pre-fight drug test for anabolic steroids Drostanolone and Androstane. He would later fail his post fight drug test for the latter as well.
Even Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites, his third drug test failure for the same substance in Nevada. His previous two failures took place following his interim title fight against Carlos Condit, as well as his Pride FC showdown with Takanori Gomi.
Silva and Diaz failed their respective drug tests several months prior to the stringent USADA policies went into effect. For Silva, this means he is unlikely to receive more than a year's suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission.