For the second time this year, Anderson Silva has failed a drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Silva, 39, failed a post-fight urine test after his unanimous-decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, testing positive for drostanolone. Silva tested positive for the exact same steroid on Jan. 9.
So far, UFC doesn’t seem too concerned that arguably the biggest name in the sport has been caught cheating – twice. What’s going on here? Where’s the punishment?
“It’s sad,” UFC fighter Luke Rockhold said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It’s a sad day in MMA when Anderson Silva gets popped for steroids, no doubt. It’s an epidemic right now. Theres a lot of guys (who have been caught), but things are moving in the right way. They’re blood testing, they’re pre-fight testing, and things are changing. So I’m happy to be a part of that. I’m pushing hard. I like the blood tests. I’m a clean fighter. I always will be.”
Yes, even if his opponents aren’t.
“I’m not a fan of (cheating), and I definitely am pushing for more drug testing, more random blood testing and whatnot,” Rockhold said. “Especially (within the) Black House camp. There’s been (three or fur guys from that camp who have been caught cheating) and (Lyoto) Machida is a Black House guy.”
Rockhold, 30, and Machida, 36, will square off at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on April 18.
“I think he’s a clean fighter, but I’m definitely pushing (for more testing),” Rockhold said. “I want a clean sport, like baseball. We need to get on their level. Let’s start cleaning things up a little bit here.”
Rockhold said he’s never considered cheating – not even to keep up with the guys who are.
“I couldn’t live with myself, to tell you the truth,” he said. “It would just never happen. I’m a true competitor. It’s funny. I got injured and I was out for about 19 months. I had a bad shoulder injury I kept re-injuring, and people started getting into my ear trying to tell me I could recover faster and get back in. I just kept blocking them off.”
What people? Who were they?
“Just random people stopping in and out of training camps and stuff like that,” Rockhold said. “There’s always a couple bad seeds that pop in. But luckily, I have such a great training camp. We have the cleanest, strongest camp. We push out the bad seeds. We want to keep our camp clean.”
Rockhold fights in the same camp as Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez and others.
“We’re a core group,” Rockhold said, “and we keep everything solid and a family atmosphere.”
Rockhold (13-2) has won 12 of his last 13 fights, the only loss coming to former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in May 2013 after taking a spinning heel kick to the head. Machida (22-5), meanwhile, has lost five of his last 11 matches.
“My fight with Vitor kind of set me back, made me rethink what I’m doing and how I’m approaching it mentally,” Rockhold said. “(I’m) just letting go and just focusing and enjoying the moment. I’m excited (for my fight with Machida). There’s nothing bigger than this.”