The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday announced that Thiago Silva, following a UFC on Fuel TV 6 drug test, has turned up positive results for marijuana metabolites.
He has been suspended for six months, must attend a drug rehabilitation program, and also pass a drug test before regaining clearance to fight.
“Thiago Silva tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout at UFC on FUEL TV in Macau,” read a statement from UFC officials. “The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents.
“Silva has admitted to taking the banned substance and has agreed to participate in an approved drug-rehabilitation program and serve a six-month suspension retroactive to the November 10 event. He must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to fight again.”
This marks the second time Silva has been suspended for failing a drug test. The first time was when the Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Silva for submitting a urine sample “inconsistent with human urine” following his UFC 125 bout with Brandon Vera.
Silva had initially scored a third-round submission victory over Stanislav Nedkov, but the bout has since been ruled a “no contest” due to the positive drug test.
The UFC hired its own third party drug testing agent for the event in China due to having no regulating body to oversee the event.
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