Nearly two months’ of speculation have finally given way to facts in the case of UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva whose name was left off an official list of competitors cleared for illegal drug use on the heels of a victory over Brandon Vera at UFC 125 in January.
According to a press released issued by Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, the State’s governing board has filed a complaint alleging the urine sample Silva submitted on January 1 in co-ordinance with the event was found to be inconsistent with a human specimen. A follow-up test was conducted by an outside entity where it was also deemed to have either been “adulterated and/or substituted” though Silva had signed a form stating, “I certify that I provided my specimen to the collector; that I have not adulterated it in any manner; each specimen bottle used was sealed with a tamper-evident seal in my presence; and that the information and numbers provided on this form and on the label affixed to each specimen bottle is correct.”
Up next for Silva is an April 7 date with the NSAC where he will have an opportunity to argue his case and potentially be subject to a significant suspension and fine. While he hasn’t responded to today’s news yet Silva did initially deny any wrongdoing when the commission’s initial report was released in February.
The 15-2 Brazilian had originally been scheduled to face Quinton “Rampage” Jackson over Memorial Day Weekend before the cloud of suspicion attached to the drug test results opened the door for Matt Hamill to step in (as well as for Vera to get at least one more shot in the Octagon based on the tainted defeat).
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