Did you hear that? That was the sound of the entire mixed martial arts community gasping in horror as the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Anderson Silva, the man many consider the greatest of all time, has tested positive for not one, but two anabolic steroids.

According the NSAC, an out-of-competition drug test administrated to Silva ahead of his UFC 183 contest against Nick Diaz revealed traces of both Drostanolone and Androstane.

Drostanolone is a common form of anabolic steroid while Androstane is a form of endogenous steroid hormone. Both appear on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned substance list.

In wake of this shocking revelation, the UFC released the following statement.

“On February 3, 2015, the UFC organization was notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his Jan. 9 out of competition drug test. UFC’s understanding is that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results.

“Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world. UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results.

“The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes.”

Silva would go on to defeat Diaz by unanimous decision. Following this victory an emotional Silva broke down in tears inside the cage as this bout marked his first since his gruesome leg injury at UFC 168 in December 2013.

A former middleweight champion, Silva holds several UFC reocrd including the longest win streak in UFC history (16), which included a UFC title reign that lasted a company record six years, eight months and 22 days. But what’s even more amazing is that during his reign as the 185-pound champion, all but two of Silva’s wins came by way TKO, KO or submission. “The Spider’ was truly the definition of perfection as he was not only considered the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet but also the greatest mixed martial artist who ever lived.

It should be noted the UFC has not revealed whether Silva will still serve as one of the coaches on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4.

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