Although Anderson Silva could potentially be suspended for a year or more, after the fighter allegedly tested positive for steroids in January, Dana White says the UFC plans to support the legendary fighter.

As you’ve likely heard, Silva has denied knowingly using performance enhancing drugs, as his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission approaches. Following UFC FN 62,White was asked to comment on Silva’s situation, and the UFC President stated (quote via MMA

“Anderson has been a huge part of this company and regardless of how this thing comes out, we’re going to support the guy,”

“He’s going to go before the Nevada Athletic Commission and I have no idea what’s going to happen,” he said. “I know there were some rumors down here that he’sonly going to get 18 months. I don’t believe that’s true and I don’t know how anyone would know anything like that. That’s just a rumor. We’ll see what happens when he goes before the commission.”

Silva and his representatives are expected to appear in front of the NSAC sometime next month. News of the fighter’s failed drug tests surfaced not long after Silva worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st.