Thiago Silva suspended six months by UFC for failing drug test

Marc Weinreich
Thursday November 22nd, 2012

UFC light heavyweight fighter Thiago Silva has been suspended six months and will undergo a drug rehab program for testing positive for marijuana after a post-fight drug screen on Nov. 10 in Macau for UFC on FUEL TV 6, according to a report Thursday from John Morgan of USA Today Sports. 

The UFC issued a statement saying Silva admitted to using drugs and said he will have to take another drug test in six months in order to compete again:

"The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. [S]ilva has admitted to taking the banned substance and has agreed to participate in an approved drug-rehabilitation program and serve a six-month suspension retroactive to the November 10 event. He must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to fight again."

This isn't the first time Silva was suspended for a drug test; in January 2011, after beating Brandon Vera at UFC-125, Silva was suspended and fined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because he submitted a fake urine sample.

The news was also reported by MMA reporter Ariel Helwani.

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