Report: Anderson Silva Cleared For November Return by USADA
By FCF Staff
2018 could feature a bout with Anderson Silva after all, as USADA has reportedly announced the legend will be eligible to compete in November.
Silva’s future has been up in the air, after he was flagged for the banned substances methyltestosterone and hydrochlorothiazide last all. The former UFC middleweight champ denied knowingly taking any type of performance enhancing drug, and according to a report from ESPN, USADA has concluded the failed drug test was due to a contaminated dietary supplement.
As a result, Silva has received a retroactive, one year suspension dating back to November 10th, 2017. In the aforementioned report, Silva was quoted saying:
“This is great news — I am vindicated. The past nine months have been extremely difficult. I felt like my career and everything I had worked so hard for was dying and my future was hanging in the balance.
“I knew in my heart that I had done nothing wrong and fully cooperated with USADA during their inquiry to prove it.”
The 43 year-old Silva’s last bout took place in February, 2017, when he defeated Derek Brunson by decision.