The Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially suspended former UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound best Anderson Silva for one year as punishment for his multiple failed drug tests in January. This decision come after a unanimous vote during a hearing Thursday in Las Vegas

Silva (34-6) failed an initial out-of-competition drug test administrated by the NSAC ahead of his UFC 183 bout against Nick Diaz. 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.

It was initially believed Silva planned on arguing the PEDS found in his system used as a treatment to expedite the recovery from his gruesome leg break in his December 2013 loss to Chris Weidman.

However, in a bizarre turn of events, Silva and his lawyer claimed the two positive test for drostanolone were caused by a tainted sexual enhancement supplement

The NSAC would go on to reject Silva’s defense. As a result, under the commission’s former drug guidelines, the former champion was handed his 365-day suspension. Silva was also fined his full $200,000 win bonus, as well as 30% of his $600,000 show money,totaling to $380,000.

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.

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