It was reported Tuesday by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports that Anderson Silva failed a pre-fight drug screening. The former middleweight champion tested positive for two anabolic steroids, drostanolone and androstane.

The test was given by the Nevada Athletic Comission on January 9, but they did not receive the results until Tuesday.

The UFC released this statement regarding Silva’s failed drug test:

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.

Also reported by Iole, Silva opponent, Nick Diaz, tested positive for marijuana metabolites. Let’s take a look at the statement the UFC released about Nick Diaz”s failed drug test:

The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nev. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. As a result of his positive test, Diaz has been informed that he has violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC organization will fully respect the Commission’s final decision relating to Diaz at a disciplinary hearing set for February 17.

Completely different tone, wouldn’t you say?

It seems in the UFC’s statement about Silva that their narrative is more “Silva is great, we didn’t want this to happen, we’re screwed.” With their statement about Diaz, it’s pretty cut and dry. From the tone, it doesn’t seem like the UFC will stand behind Diaz as much as they will Silva. After all, Diaz, while very popular, isn’t the draw that’s bringing in cash hand over fist; Silva is. Also, in the statement about Silva, they made no mention that they would “…fully respect the Commission’s final decision relating to Silva at a disciplinary hearing…” It’s the little details that make a difference.

Don’t be surprised if the NAC throws the book at Diaz. After all, this is the third time he has tested positive for a non-performance enhancing drug. I whole-heartedly expect Diaz to get a huge fine and a very long suspension.

Silva’s punishment will more than likely be nowhere near as harsh.

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