No Mercy: NSAC suspends Thiago Silva for One YearPosted on April 7, 2011, 03:23 PM by Anton Gurevich
Only one week ago, NSAC shocked the world of Mixed Martial Arts, revealing that Thiago Silva's UFC 125 urine sample was "inconsistent with that of a human". Silva later went on to release a public apology, claiming that he was pressured to overcome a severe back injury by taking injections with substances prohibited by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Today, Silva paid a heavy price for what he himself labeled as "bad decision", as the Nevada State of Athletic Commission decided to hand the Brazilian a $33,750 fine and one-year suspension from any type of Mixed Martial Arts competition.
Here's the original report on ESPN.com:
Silva will be eligible to reapply for a license Jan. 2, 2012. In addition to the suspension, the result of the UFC 125 fight will be changed to a "no contest" and he will forfeit 25 percent of his purse and $20,000 of a $55,000 win bonus.
The Brazilian fighter appeared in front of the commission and admitted he received two steroid injections to the spine, one 45 days before the fight, and another 30 days before the fight. He said the injections were to help a lower-back injury he suffered last year.
"I want to apologize for what I did," Silva said. "I had my reasons. My back was very bad a couple months [before the fight] and I had not fought for one year. I was completely broke.
"I have family depend on my money. I was desperate."
Twenty-eight year old Thiago Silva is currently 14-2 in his MMA career, losing only to former the UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Lyoto Machida (TKO) and Rashad Evans (Decision). Ironically, Silva's back injury already cost him a year-long layoff. The Brazilian was out of action between UFC 108 (Jan. 2nd 2010), when he injured his back, and UFC 125 (Jan 1st, 2011), when he was caught submitting fake urine test.
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