Silva tested positive for 2 steroids before win over Diaz
Published on Wednesday, 2/4/15, at 1:07 a.m. Eastern.
For the first time in his storied 18-year mixed martial arts career, longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been caught dirty. According to test results that didn’t become available until Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that for an out-of-competition drug test taken on Jan. 9, Silva tested positive for two different steroids.
The PEDs were drostanolone and androsterone. The NSAC is still awaiting results from tests on Jan. 19 and Jan. 31. The result of the fight will probably be reversed to a no-contest later this month.
According to ESPN and Yahoo Sports, Silva and his manager Ed Soares couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo also reported that Nick Diaz failed his post-fight test for marijuana. Obviously, this is nothing done to gain a competitive advantage, so the news about Diaz isn’t as negative.
However, this is his third offense in Nevada for weed, so he’ll likely face a big fine and a suspension at a hearing on Feb. 17. Diaz probably wasn’t getting back into the Octagon anytime soon, so the suspension won’t be a big deal unless it’s for longer than one year. Diaz was paid $500,000 to fight Silva.
Diaz lost a unanimous decision (50-45 twice, 49-46) to Silva in this past Saturday’s main event for UFC 183. The fight was much closer than the judges’ scores indicated, however.
Diaz came after ‘The Spider’ for 25 minutes and had plenty of quality moments in the fight. He taunted Silva for most of Rounds 1 and 2 and for parts of the fifth and final round. Silva outlanded Diaz in strikes by a 108-80 margin. The ‘over’ (3.5 rounds) for a +120 payout was a winner.
In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley handed Kelvin Gastelum his first career loss by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28). Gastelum missed weight by nine points and will move back up to middleweight. Woodley was a class act, refusing to accept the $9,000 fine that fighters have to forfeit to opponents when they miss weight.
Al Iaquinta won his third straight fight by earning a second-round KO victory over veteran Joe Lauzon. Iaquinta hooked up its gambling supporters as a -200 favorite, as the number moved from -160ish to 200 on Saturday. The lightweight prospect improved to 6-2 in the UFC.
Thales Leites took home an extra 100 large after winning bonuses for Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night honors. Leites beat Tim Boetsch by submission late in the second round of a back-and-forth affair in the middleweight loop.
In the pay-per-view opener, Jordan Mein was having his way with veteran Thiago Alves. Mein dominated Round 1 as a -145 favorite, beating Alves to the punch with his superior quickness and skills. However, early in the second stanza, Mein made a slight mistake and paid for it when Alves landed a crushing body kick to the liver. Mein went down and couldn’t recover before the referee intervened.
Alves earned the other Performance of the Night bonus.
In the prelims, Miesha Tate overcame deep trouble in Round 1 when she sustained a broken orbital bone via strikes from Sara McMann, who had the former Strikeforce champ in survival mode in the opening stanza. From there, however, Tate took over withe superior work on the ground to win a majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28).
Derek Brunson was the biggest favorite on the card at -500 vs. Ed Herman. Brunson showed why when he needed just 36 second to beat Herman by KO.