UFC P.E.D. SCANDAL SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL
Los Angeles, CA- When news broke last week that the beloved “Greatest of All Time,” former UFC middleweight (185) champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (34-6) tested positive for two performance-enhancing drugs in pre-fight tests for his January 31 bout with former Strikeforce welterweight (170) champion Nick Diaz (26-10, 1 NC), the mixed martial arts world was turned upside down. Silva had developed an unbeatable aura before his back-to-back TKO2 losses to Chris Weidman (12-0). A young man from Brazil who beat all odds and become possibly the best fighter in MMA history. He rose from obscurity to do things in the cage no one had ever done before. All of Silva’s accomplishments are now sadly accompanied by an asterisk.
SILVA ONLY THE BEGINNING
Since Anderson’s positive test last week, two more big names in mixed martial arts have popped for steroids. Current World Series of Fighting contender Jon Fitch (26-7-1, 1 NC) failed a drug test because of elevated testosterone levels prior to his December 13 loss to Rousimar Palhares (17-6). Palhares failed a drug test for elevated testosterone levels at UFC on FOX 6 back in 2012. Fitch was always a strong opponent of performance-enhancing drugs, which made his positive test a shock to many. UFC welterweight contender Hector “Showeather” Lombard’s (35-4-1, 1 NC) drug test failure, which was announced this week was not surprising to me. Read more