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February 6, 2018 Anderson Silva News
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According to a report from MMAFighting.com, Silva tested positive for the substance methyltestosterone, as well as a diuretic, in his Oct. 26 sample.
The positive test forced Silva from a scheduled bout against Kelvin Gastelum last November, and the former champion has been quiet about the situation since. He has since been provisionally suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), who is currently adjudicating the case. Complicating the case is a previously failed drug test in 2015 that occurred prior to a fight with Nick Diaz, and could result in Silva being dealt with as a repeat offender. Silva continues to deny any intentional use of a banned substance, but the question marks surrounding this case may still have an adverse affect on his legacy as one of the greatest UFC fighters of all-time. In any case, don't look for Silva to be booked for a fight in the immediate future. At 42 years old, there's a reasonable chance his fighting days may be over.
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Fantasy AnalysisSilva has been provisionally suspended by the USADA, as the UFC will be required to find a replacement for his upcoming bout. This announcement stems from an out-of-collection sample that was collected in late October. Moving forward, the USADA will handle the case, and determine the punishment for Silva.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva holds the record for longest-reigning middleweight champion but hasn't had a crack at reclaiming it since 2013. The southpaw has suffered four losses, a suspension and cholecystitis since then. He also pulled out a controversial victory over Derek Brunson (unanimous decision). "The Spider" will enter the Octagon looking for a solid win against Gastelum, who he was supposed to face at UFC 212 until Gastelum was given a 90-day suspension by the USADA for having levels of cannabinoid metabolites in his system above the allowed threshold. The 42-year-old legend is 34-8, 1NC with 20 KO/TKOs in his career.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva had originally been scheduled to face Kelvin Gastelum at the event, but that bout was scrapped after Gastelum tested positive for elevated cannabinoid metabolites in his previous fight against Vitor Belfort. Despite the lack of an opponent, Silva still showed up at the UFC 212 press conference, and the promotion still planned on featuring him in the co-main event in his home country of Brazil. As of Thursday afternoon, those plans are now a thing of the past. Silva has voiced his displeasure with the UFC of late, so that may end up coming back to bite both him and his hopes of fighting for an interim middleweight championship.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva remains on the card for UFC 212 but currently has no opponent for the event. His previous matchup against Kelvin Gastelum was cancelled due to a USADA violation that ended in suspension for Gastelum. Silva called for an interim title fight against Yoel Romero instead and Dana White has officially shot him down, even under threats of retirement from "The Spider." Who Silva will face is still up in the air as of Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite picking up a controversial win his last time out against Derek Brunson, Silva's recent stretch of fights have been starting to make his age (41) show. Prior to the Brunson win, "The Spider" had posted an 0-4 (1 NC) record in his last five fights. He will come into this fight with a few advantages, however, both tangible and intangible. First off, he's a much bigger fighter than Gastelum, who was forced to move up from the welterweight class due to weight cutting issues. This will be illustrated by Silva's five-inch height advantage and six-inch reach advantage. Second, Silva will be fighting in Brazil, where he'll have the crowd fully behind him. Those two factors aside, Gastelum checks in with an advantage in nearly every other department. His hands will be much faster than the 41-year-old's, and they will have significantly more power in them. There's also momentum, as Gastelum has won three fights in a row. It's a great opportunity for the UFC to market the rising 25-year-old, but even at 41, Silva is still capable of starting an unorthodox sequence of strikes that can end any fight.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 30-27 is one of the worst scorecards that you will ever see. Anderson was visibly shocked when the judge's decision was announced and rightfully so. He, along with virtually everyone who was watching, thought that Brunson deserved to win. There is little doubt at age 41, Anderson looks slower and tentative. He is fighting at a slower pace than ever and he is relying almost exclusively on counter punching. His chin held up very well on Saturday when Brunson connected with power shots from the clinch, but Anderson was unable to land on the feet on a consistent basis. Anderson said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he essentially knows that he shouldn't be fighting anymore but he can't help himself. It was an honest, admirable, and correct point. It was Anderson's first win since a UFC 153 first-round KO victory over Stephan Bonnar in October 2012.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva is 0-4 (1 NC) in his last fight fights, but the 41-year-old remains fully capable of putting together fight-ending combinations. The former middleweight champion was outworked in the wrestling department in his last fight against Daniel Cormier (fought at light heavyweight), but that didn't stop him from unleashing a few combinations that made fans hold their breath. Brunson also brings a strong wrestling background to the table, but won't have the large size advantage Cormier had (Silva is one inch taller than Brunson). Retirement has to be on Silva's mind at this point, but this fight will be a good indicator of how much longer he can hang in there with high-caliber competition.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson had a brief flurry led by a huge knee with about 30 seconds left, but he spent the majority of the fight on his back. Silva did fine in the striking exchanges, but they were few and far between. Silva appeared to be in decent shape considering he had gall bladder surgery six weeks ago and took the fight on 48 hours notice, but most of that was the result of not having to cut any weight. Silva is seemingly well aware that his skills are slipping and he is just comfortable to enjoy the ride from here on out. The days of Anderson being a title threat in the middleweight division are over, so hopefully he doesn't hang on too long like some other older fighters have. The GOAT is now somehow 0-4 (1NC) in his last five fights dating back to the first Chris Weidman loss in July 2013.
Fantasy AnalysisThe news was first reported by the Brazilian news outlet Combate earlier this afternoon, but UFC President Dana White repeatedly denied the reports. It now appears official, as Silva will come to the rescue by moving up a weight class to fight on the promotion's biggest card of the year. The opportunity opened up following the removal of Jon Jones due to a potential anti-doping violation, and with Silva already in Vegas for the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the timing was right for both sides. Silva is roughly six weeks removed from gall bladder surgery, and although his goal all along was to fight at UFC 200, it originally appeared that it would never come to pass. The former middleweight champion will be at a significant size disadvantage and almost certainly will enter as the underdog, but anything can happen when you bring the unpredictability of Silva into a fight.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Silva had to bow out of a scheduled fight against Uriah Hall at UFC 198 due to gall bladder surgery, his goal all along was to fight at UFC 200, as it will be arguably the promotion's biggest card of all time. All indications from Silva's camp suggested that this was a possibility, as his recovery timetable would have had him cleared by the July 9 event date. As this year in the UFC has shown, late adjustments to cards are always a possibility, but for now, fighting at this event no longer appears to be on the table for the Brazilian. The next step for Silva remains unclear at this time. His prior bout against Hall could always be rescheduled, but if the UFC is looking for a bigger sell, they could choose to line him up against current middleweight champion Michael Bisping, which would give him a chance to avenge his controversial February loss. Silva hasn't held a UFC belt since his December 2013 loss to Chris Weidman.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva may not be full-go just yet, but he certainly seems to be ahead of schedule following May 11 surgery to remove his gall bladder. The UFC legend has been aiming for a return at UFC 200 on July 9, but his boxing coach Luiz Carlos Dorea was quick to pump the brakes on that notion, saying it would be "really hard" for him to be back in the octagon by then. "The Spider" is certainly eager to avenge his loss to Michael Bisping on the promotion's biggest stage, and although health seems to be the biggest roadblock to that, he still needs an opponent, as well as the approval of his management team, for the early return to happen.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva was scratched from a scheduled fight with Uriah Hall at UFC 198 in his home country of Brazil after it was discovered he would need gall bladder surgery. Originally given a 4-to-6 week timetable for a return to training, this update falls right in line with the original estimate. Silva had originally been hopeful that he would have a chance to fight at UFC 200 on July 9, but it unfortunately appears that he won't have enough time for a fight camp before then. Look for one of the UFC's all-time greats to return to the octagon later this summer.
Fantasy AnalysisOne of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport, Silva was expected to fight for just the second time since his one-year suspension for banned substances ended. Despite his age (41), Silva reportedly has no plans to retire at this point, but will not fight in front of his Brazillian home crowd this weekend. It's too early to tell when his next bout will be scheduled, but the former middleweight champion will look for a better result than the unanimous-decision loss he took against Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 83. If all goes well, Silva is expected to return to training in roughly 4-to-6 weeks. A fight between Warlley Alves and Bryan Barberena will replace the scheduled bout between Silva and Hall on the UFC 198 main card.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a very strange and extremely entertaining fight. Silva appeared to be the better of the two fighters, but just like his first fight against Chris Weidman, he was focusing more on his antics during the fight as opposed to trying to beat up Bisping. Silva did land a huge flying knee at the end of Round 3, but referee Herb Dean handled the situation correctly, ruling that the round had come to an end and the fight would continue, despite Silva celebrating like he won the bout. Silva still has like unique striking skills that made him quite possibly the best fighter of all-time, but his reflexes have understandably slowed considerably at age-40 and he can no longer get by with just being the freak athlete that he was in his prime. After going well over seven years without losing, Silva is now 0-3 (1NC) in his last four fights, He's still good enough to beat the majority of the fighters in the UFC's middleweight division, but he needs to focus on fighting and not all the distractions that come with it.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva was given a one-year suspension retroactive to his win Jan. 31 against Nick Diaz, which was later changed to a no-contest following a positive test for a banned substance. It's unclear how much Silva brings to the table at his current age (40), but one of the greatest middleweights of all time will attempt to finish off his historic career on a high note. This event will be the first time these two fighters have ever met in the octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva and his attorney presented a defense centered around a tainted sexual-enhancement drug causing a false positive for Drostanolone and Androstane, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission apparently deemed it too weak to avoid punishment. The 40-year-old will now be banned through January 31, 2016, due to the one-year punishment being retroactive to his January win against Nick Diaz. That win has also been changed to a no-contest.
Fantasy AnalysisAt 40 years old, it's unclear how much Silva has left in the tank from a fighting perspective, as this hearing will serve merely as a way to clear his name (though he is facing a fine and suspension). He allegedly tested positive for PEDs both before and after his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183, but believes he has a formidable defense due to inconsistencies between the two samples. A well-decorated middleweight fighter, Silva won his first 16 fights in the promotion before back-to-back defeats at the hands of Chris Weidman.