Anderson Silva accepted a retroactive 1-year suspension from USADA
Anderson Silva is going to be eligible to fight again in November. USADA today stated that they have reached an agreement with Silva after they traced the results of his failed test to a pharmacy known for producing tainted supplements. For Silva, it is a redemption of sorts, and he will be able to get back into the Octagon before the end of the year.
The news was reported by ESPN, via Brett Okamoto and has since been confirmed by several sources. Silva tested positive in October of 2017 for metabolites of methyltestosterone and hydrochlorothiazide. The failed test was the result of a tainted legal dietary supplement. Anderson Silva was pretty excited as you might guess.
“This is great news, I am vindicated. The past nine months have been extremely difficult. I felt like my career and everything I had worked so hard for was dying and my future was hanging in the balance. I knew in my heart that I had done nothing wrong and fully cooperated with USADA during their inquiry to prove it.”
Anderson Silva is excited to get back to his career and redefine his legacy. Silva will be back to make another run and see if he can put some wins together.
“Today I have a renewed energy. My legacy is restored. I can focus on getting back into the ring and the next chapter of my life after fighting. I want to thank my family and fans for all of their love and unwavering support. I’m excited for where future will take me and look forward to sharing the journey with all of them.”
I’m looking forward to seeing what Anderson Silva has left in the tank. The UFC could certainly use a little excitement right now and Silva might have enough left in the tank to serve that need.