Dana White Backs Anderson Silva, Keeps Him as TUF Brazil 4 Coach

February 4, 2015
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The UFC on Tuesday issued a general statement showing support for Anderson Silva following the revelation that he tested positive for steroids in a Jan. 9 out-of-competition drug test.

The statement was the UFC’s usual fare, supporting Silva, while also respecting the Nevada Athletic Commission and its drug testing process.

On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White issued a statement with a more detailed show of support for Silva. White’s statement included announcing that the former UFC middleweight champion would remain as a head coach opposite Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on season four of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, which is currently in production in Las Vegas.

“Anderson Silva has been one of the greatest athletes this sport has ever seen. He has had a long and distinguished career in mixed martial arts. In his nine years with the UFC, Anderson has never tested positive for a banned substance,” said White.

“In light of this, we want to ensure that Anderson gets his due process and we will support him during this time. While this process plays out, Anderson will continue in his role as coach of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. Of course we will continue to monitor the actions of the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” he continued.

Anderson Silva and Dana White“We fully support the Commission’s out-of-competition drug testing program, which we have financed when requested over the past two years. Testing of this nature is important to help keep the sport clean. The director at the laboratory in Salt Lake City has now explained the timing of Anderson’s test results and why the Commission and the UFC did not receive the results until February 3, after the fight.

“Once all the results have been made public and the Nevada State Athletic Commission has rendered its decision, we will respect the process and move forward accordingly.”

Silva is currently under a temporary suspension, at least until he has a hearing before the Nevada Athletic Commission. The commission’s executive director, Bob Bennett confirmed Silva’s status to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.

> SEE ALSO: Anderson Silva Speaks Out, Proclaims Innocence 

Silva could address the commission at its Feb. 17 meeting, but does not have to address the commission that soon. He has twenty days from the written notice of his positive drug test in which to respond. So he is within his rights to respond after the Feb. 17 date.

If that happens, the soonest Silva would go before the commission for a full hearing would be at the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting in March, which has yet to be scheduled.

With Silva proclaiming his innocence, it is likely to take some time for the situation to play out. By that time, he’ll likely be done filming TUF Brazil 4.

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  • TRT is for the weak

    So he can git some mo money before he is disgraced!

  • TRT is for the weak

    All about the money! Those greedy liars.

    • Indeed agree,….. Ironically the same person that build this sport is killing it slowly…..at least the ufc label IMO

  • Indeed agree….ironically the same person that build this sport is killing it……

  • billywood

    Funny cause Cung le had never tested positive, yet they rake him over the coals and throw out his B sample so he cant even have due process along with using a company that cant even test for HGH properly.

    • Bruno Mars

      Maybe they learned their not to jump the gun and will treat Silva as innocent until this all plays out.

    • SixToedPete

      You make a good point. The UFC’s and Dana White’s treatment of Cung Le, Cris Cyborg and others reeks of hypocrisy in light of the support Anderson Silva is receiving. Dana White not only defended Ronda Rousey’s vile statements about Cris Cyborg, he took every opportunity to insult and defame her for failing one drug test. Anderson Silva failed one drug test yet White continues to heap praise on him and insists Silva will still coach on the TUF 4 Brazil TV show.

  • DoYouKnowShitFuck?

    probably snorted some coke together afterward. Think the UFC would do something smart like maybe find a different guy to communicate with the media other than White?

  • So much for Dana White proclaiming that the UFC would never be as corrupt as boxing.

    • mikes1025

      how is it corrupt?

  • DaGooru

    Might as well just throw out drug testing all together. I mean, what’s the point? Nobody gets reprimanded anymore….

  • CodyShu

    So did they try to explain the timing of the results or did I miss that?

  • Mark Spencer

    Anyone want to watch a show featuring the biggest fraud in the sport teaching new guys how to cycle?
    Dana White has no shame…or at least none that can’t be paid for.