When news first broke that Anderson Silva tested positive for PEDs prior to his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz, I was utterly shocked; Silva is an icon in the sport of MMA and arguably the greatest fighter of all-time. But the more I sat back and thought about the positive test, it really wasn’t all that surprising.

Think about it, just over a year ago Silva suffered a horrific injury that could have ended his career. But yet at almost 40 years old, Silva is able to heal, rehab, and prepare for another fight in just 13 months? Come on…that just doesn’t happen without a little pharmaceutical assistance.

This is just the world we live in today; professional athletes are all looking for an edge and there are many out there who are willing to cut a few corners to reach the pinnacle of the sport. The question to ask now isn’t if MMA and the UFC are dirty, but rather how dirty are they?

All the focus needs to be placed on the UFC right now. While the UFC isn’t the end all and be all of MMA, they are without question the biggest promotion in the world and they are the brand that is synonymous with the sport today. If they falter now under the microscope, they are about to be put under by the media and the public it will ultimately hurt the growth of the sport.

There have been a lot of positive tests over the years in the UFC, but when a legendary figure like Silva tests positive, the entire perception of the sport changes. Look at what allegations did to Major League Baseball when Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were mentioned; mind you the backlash the sport faced was based on allegations not firm positive tests. With a clear positive test from an iconic fighter, the UFC has a lot of questions to answer.

Personally, I don’t think that Silva used PEDs prior to this instance. Perhaps it’s naivety, but I see an aging fighter who just wanted to get back into the Octagon to compete and he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. But there are going to be plenty of people out there who begin to question the whole of Silva’s career accomplishments, and rightfully so.

Right now the UFC looks dirty; Tour de France cycling dirty. Obviously, they are not doing enough to keep their athletes clean and that needs to change. The UFC needs to take responsibility and they need to lead the charge in cleaning up their sport.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.