Even though the Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to announced a date for Anderson Silva’s disciplinary hearing, a report from Brazilian outlet UOL has reported Silva may already have his defense laid out.

Silva (34-6) is currently serving a nine month suspension after it was revealed he failed an initial out-of-competition drug test administrated by the NSAC ahead of his UFC 183 contest against Nick Diaz revealed. The result of the test 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.

It was later revealed, Silva also failed his UFC 183 post-fight drug test after testing positive for drostanolone again as well as the anti-anxiety medication Oxazepam and Temazepam, which is often used to treat sleep deprivation.

But according to the report, Silva is insisting the PEDS found in his system had nothing to do with gaining an advantage over his opponent. Instead he used these treatments to expedite the recovery from his gruesome leg break in his December 2013 loss to Chris Weidman. Lawyers will also argue that the amount of the substances found in his system were minimal, thus giving him no advantage over Diaz.

A former middleweight champion, Silva holds several UFC records 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.

As for his use of the other substances, for which he also failed NSAC testing, Silva will reportedly claim that the physician-prescribed drugs, which combined produce a calming effect similar to Valium, were intended to aid in his recovery from back spasms and muscle pain that began for him when he was hospitalized last November.

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