Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz Delay UFC 183 Drug Test Hearings Again

April 9, 2015
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It’s been nearly three months since Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz failing UFC 183 related drug tests became public, but both fighters have yet to answer for their infractions before the Nevada Athletic Commission.

It will likely be May, at the soonest, that either will go before the commission to address his positive drug test results, according to the commission’s executive director Bob Bennett.

Bennett on Thursday confirmed to that not only had Silva, as initially reported by, requested and been granted a continuance, but so had Diaz. That means that both men have further time to respond to the commission’s complaint informing them of their drug test infractions, so that neither will have to appear at the commission’s regularly scheduled April 21 meeting to answer the charges.

Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz UFC 183 MD 750This marks the second continuance that each has been granted. Silva and Diaz were both supposed to originally go before the commission for their disciplinary hearings in February.

Silva and Diaz both face disciplinary hearings before the commission stemming from the failed drug tests related to the UFC 183 headlining bout, which took place on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

Silva failed two drug tests. The first time he tested positive was in a Jan. 9 out-of-competition drug test, where his results revealed anabolic steroid metabolites for Drostanolone and Androstane.

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After testing clean in a Jan. 19 out-of-competition test, Silva then again tested positive for Drostanolone, in addition to Oxazepam and Temazepam, two benzodiazepine class drugs commonly used to treat anxiety-related insomnia in his fight-night drug test.

Silva has never before tested positive for banned substances during his near-twenty-year career.

Diaz is required to go before the commission for testing positive for marijuana metabolites in his fight-night drug test.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Nick can’t make it for the 4-21 hearing because he will be out of town. He’ll be in Denver for their huge 420 party!

  • Seth

    Just. Admit. It.

    Is it really that tough for them to man up and admit to what they did? Gosh…Anderson is losing a lot of respsect here (Diaz had nothing to lose anyway, so he couldnt care less)…

    • TheCerealKiller

      Silva’s team is coming up with some crazy story, which won’t matter. Nick is just wasting time as long as they give it to him.

  • Shocked_n_Awed

    What’s going on here? I keep seeing headlines about other, so-called ‘lower-tier’ fighters coming before the commission, and being suspended… yet these two keep getting ‘continuances’?

    When something smells rotten in Denmark, it usually is. Something smells strange to me, anyway.

  • jimmy777


    • TheCerealKiller

      It’s for the safety of the fighter to not be high during a fight.

    • Joe Dog

      Might as well test for oxygen or water.

    • Seth

      Pothead detected…

      But seriously, weed has different effects on different people – same as any other drugs. Legal or not, you should be clean when you compete. End of the story. If you can’t stop smoking weed for a few weeks prior to a fight – you are an addict and you need professional help, not professional sport career.

      • Shocked_n_Awed

        I agree with you, different people, different effects. And while I agree with jimmy777’s base point that they should stop testing, as long as it’s off-limits, I agree with you that a fighter needs to be clean for competition.

        Having said that, dude, “you are an addict and you need professional help”?

        Professional help, for weed? Nah… nope, nobody needs that. Unless it’s pro help to track it down sometimes, that can be an issue. 😀

        • Seth

          If you are an addict and you can’t live without it – then yeah, my opinion is you need help. As long as you really can control it and do it “recreationally”, fine. But if you can’t go single day without it or something crazy like that, go and seek help. Coz you need it.

          • JuanTizmo

            lol, weed addict. Wonder if that’ll ever be a thing.

        • Drock420

          Seriously though weed is a drug. If it were legal in all of United States they would have the same warnings that they have on cigarette packs, alcohol bottles, just like everything thing else. Not that the government really cares about your health so much as the size of there wallets, I just laugh at people that say weed isn’t a drug.

          • Shocked_n_Awed

            Weed is indeed a drug; like caffeine in coffee is a drug, nicotine in cigarettes is a drug.

            It’s not on the level of coke or heroine, that’s the crux of my point. If you’re unsure of why pot’s actually illegal in the States, track down Woody Harrelson’s excellent documentary called ‘Grass’.

  • guest

    It’s so ridiculous that they keep delaying their hearings, because they are essentially extending their sentences. They will probably get year suspensions each, but now they essentially 16 months long because they keep pushing it back. The commission isn’t going to give them a ‘retroactive’ sentence.

    • Seth

      They will be suspended starting with day of the fight, so it doesn’t matter when they hear it, it will be still 12-24 months from Jan 31st. It always counts from day of the fight.