Anderson Silva Details How Much USADA Ordeal Really Cost Him

Anderson Silva says he lost a lot from his recent battle with USADA.

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Longtime MMA great Anderson Silva was recently cleared to return to the Octagon soon.

It appeared “The Spider’s” otherwise decorated career had been tarnished and was possibly over when he failed a second drug test prior to his scheduled main event with Kelvin Gastelum at last fall’s UFC Singapore, yet he was able to fight the case with USADA and prove his failed test was the result of a contaminated supplement prescribed to him by a Brazilian pharmacy.

Able to return on November 10, 2018, Silva has been back in the headlines for a variety of topics, including his callout of UFC double champ Daniel Cormier when “DC” claimed failed tests disqualified he and Jon Jones from being in the conversation for the greatest fighter of all-time. Silva took a different road on a recent appearance on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” however, detailing that he lost sponsors due to the perceived violation (transcribed by MMA Mania).

He’s now moving on, of course, but did lose money and more importantly, credibility in the ordeal:

“I was working with USADA on the case, and now I move on, it’s over for me. In my personal opinion, it’s very difficult to be put in that situation, for everybody, when you don’t have solution for the case,” he added. “In that situation, I lose my sponsors, I lose my credibility. So yeah, it is very terrible. But, now that is finished. Now I am just waiting on the future. But, I did lose money, my credibility. It’s tough. The situation tried to destroy my mind, destroy my legacy … my emotional is very terrible.”

Silva is far from the only UFC combatant to have failed a test due to contaminated supplements, with heavyweight veterans Josh Barnett and Junior dos Santos both avoiding lengthy suspensions from similar situations.

Barnett ultimately requested his release in order to not have to deal with USADA, suing the supplement company who caused him to fail the test in the process. Silva said he wouldn’t be doing that, instead switching to a team of doctors in the United States:

“Definitely not. I moved all my team, my doctors for U.S. All my team I change. I’m working hard for the future now.”

With the disgrace of USADA behind him for now,”The Spider” will now move on to focus on his next match-up, which has been rumored to potentially be with rising prospect Israel Adesanya – a man many have compared to a young Silva.

Should he be tasked with such a dangerous opponent after going through so much just to be able to fight again?

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Eight Biggest Suspensions Of The USADA-UFC Era

The USADA-UFC era has resulted in some incredibly high-profile suspensions.

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) formed Oct., 1, 2000, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Just a few months later, Congress recognized USADA as the official anti-doping agency of the Pan American Games, the Paralympics, and the Olympics.

USADA has been at the forefront of anti-doping in athletics for nearly two decades, helping catch cheaters and level the playing field in sports such as boxing, cycling, and swimming, just to name a few. On July, 1, 2015, mixed martial arts became the latest sport to work hand in hand with the non-profit organization, specifically the UFC.

The USADA-UFC experiment is just over three years old now, and at times it would appear they have been doing exactly what they were brought in to do. That is, help mitigate the doping going on in the UFC. But other times, the fight game has been left scratching its head in disbelieve at the inconsistency of it all.

It’s lead to several high-profile suspensions nonetheless, some with suspicious circumstances and some that were more clear-cut.

We took a look back at the eight biggest suspensions of the USADA-UFC era right here:

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Chad Mendes

Chad “Money” Mendes returned to action at UFC Boise last weekend (July 14, 2018) after serving a two-year suspension for testing positive for a growth hormone releasing hexapeptide (GHRP-6).

The Team Alpha Male fighter denied knowingly taking any banned substance but did offer up a possible explanation for the failed test. Mendes said he has a condition known as plaque psoriasis and perhaps some of the cream he used to treat his ailment was tainted with the substance in question.

Whether you believe Mendes or not, it makes no difference. “Money” received a two-year suspension for his failed out-of-competition sample that was collected on May 17, 2016.

Oddly enough Mendes chose not to appeal the failed test and thus is perhaps culpable at some level.

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UFC Rankings: Chad Mendes Returns – But Is It High Enough?

Is this spot right for Chad Mendes’ return to the UFC rankings?

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The official UFC rankings have been updated following last weekend’s (Sat., July 14, 2018) UFC Fight Night 133 from the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Although Junior dos Santos headlined the event with an uneventful decision win over debuting heavyweight Blagoy Ivanov (for which “JDS” rose one spot to No. 7), perhaps a more significant change on the rankings was the return of former three-time featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes, who re-debuted on the rankings at No. 7 following his first-round technical knockout over Myles Jury in his long-awaited return from a two-year USADA suspension.

“Money” may have a Top 10 spot, yet it may not be enough considering how dominant he looked in his return against a veteran over two-and-a-half years out of the cage. True, he may have lost back-to-back fights versus Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar – and the time off probably did him some good – but the Team Alpha Male star brings it every time out and has only lost to true legends of the featherweight division. With another win, he should find himself in the top five and above soon.

Also at featherweight, rising prospect Alexander Volkanovski made his debut at No. 11 after beating previous No. 10 Darren Elkins, who fell to No. 13.

Check out the full updated rankings courtesy of UFC.com right here:

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Daniel Cormier
2 Demetrious Johnson
3 Max Holloway
4 Conor McGregor -1
5 Georges St-Pierre
6 TJ Dillashaw
7 Tyron Woodley +1
8 Stipe Miocic -1
9 Khabib Nurmagomedov
10 Robert Whittaker
11 Cris Cyborg
12 Tony Ferguson
13 Amanda Nunes
14 Cody Garbrandt
15 Rose Namajunas

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Henry Cejudo
2 Sergio Pettis
3 Joseph Benavidez
4 Ray Borg
5 Jussier Formiga
6 John Moraga
7 Wilson Reis
8 Alexandre Pantoja
9 Dustin Ortiz +1
9 Brandon Moreno
11 Ben Nguyen
12 Matheus Nicolau
13 Tim Elliott
14 Deiveson Figueiredo
15 Ulka Sasaki

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: TJ Dillashaw
1 Cody Garbrandt
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Marlon Moraes
5 Jimmie Rivera
6 John Lineker
7 John Dodson
8 Aljamain Sterling
9 Pedro Munhoz +1
10 Cody Stamann -1
11 Rob Font
12 Alejandro Perez +1
13 Thomas Almeida -1
14 Brett Johns
15 Douglas Silva de Andrade *NR

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Brian Ortega
2 Jose Aldo
3 Frankie Edgar
4 Jeremy Stephens
5 Cub Swanson
6 Josh Emmett
7 Chad Mendes *NR
8 Mirsad Bektic -1
9 Chan Sung Jung -1
10 Renato Moicano -1
11 Alexander Volkanovski *NR
12 Ricardo Lamas -1
13 Darren Elkins -3
14 Zabit Magomedsharipov -1
15 Yair Rodriguez

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov
1 Tony Ferguson
2 Conor McGregor
3 Eddie Alvarez
4 Dustin Poirier
5 Kevin Lee
6 Edson Barboza
7 Justin Gaethje
8 Anthony Pettis
9 Nate Diaz -1
10 Al Iaquinta
11 James Vick
12 Michael Chiesa
13 Alexander Hernandez
14 Dan Hooker
15 Francisco Trinaldo

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Colby Covington (Interim Champion)
2 Darren Till
3 Rafael Dos Anjos
4 Stephen Thompson
5 Robbie Lawler
6 Kamaru Usman
7 Demian Maia
8 Neil Magny
9 Jorge Masvidal
10 Santiago Ponzinibbio
11 Leon Edwards
12 Donald Cerrone
13 Gunnar Nelson
14 Alex Oliveira
15 Dong Hyun Kim

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Chris Weidman
4 Kelvin Gastelum
5 Jacare Souza
6 Derek Brunson
7 David Branch
8 Paulo Costa
9 Israel Adesanya
10 Brad Tavares
11 Antonio Carlos Junior
12 Uriah Hall
13 Thiago Santos
14 Elias Theodorou
15 Krzysztof Jotko

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Alexander Gustafsson
2 Volkan Oezdemir
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Ilir Latifi
5 Jan Blachowicz
6 Jimi Manuwa
7 Ovince Saint Preux
8 Mauricio Rua
9 Corey Anderson
10 Misha Cirkunov
11 Dominick Reyes
12 Patrick Cummins
13 Tyson Pedro
14 Gadzhimurad Antigulov
15 Sam Alvey

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Stipe Miocic
2 Derrick Lewis
3 Curtis Blaydes
4 Francis Ngannou
5 Alexander Volkov
6 Alistair Overeem
7 Junior Dos Santos +1
8 Mark Hunt -1
9 Marcin Tybura
10 Tai Tuivasa
11 Aleksei Oleinik
12 Andrei Arlovski
13 Stefan Struve
14 Shamil Abdurakhimov
15 Justin Willis

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Rose Namajunas
1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
2 Jessica Andrade
3 Claudia Gadelha
4 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
5 Tecia Torres
6 Carla Esparza
7 Michelle Waterson
8 Felice Herrig
9 Tatiana Suarez
10 Cortney Casey
11 Alexa Grasso
12 Randa Markos
13 Nina Ansaroff
14 Joanne Calderwood
15 Angela Hill

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Nicco Montano
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Sijara Eubanks
3 Alexis Davis
4 Liz Carmouche +3
5 Roxanne Modafferi -1
6 Lauren Murphy -1
7 Katlyn Chookagian -1
8 Jessica Eye
9 Barb Honchak
10 Jessica-Rose Clark
11 Ashlee Evans-Smith
12 Andrea Lee
13 Mara Romero Borella
14 Montana De La Rosa +1
15 Paige VanZant -1

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Holly Holm
2 Ketlen Vieira
3 Julianna Pena
4 Raquel Pennington
5 Germaine de Randamie
6 Cat Zingano
7 Marion Reneau
8 Sara McMann
9 Aspen Ladd
10 Bethe Correia
11 Lina Lansberg
12 Irene Aldana
13 Lucie Pudilova
14 Sarah Moras
15 Gina Mazany

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Junior dos Santos Welcomes Trilogy Bout With Stipe Miocic

Junior dos Santos certainly wouldn’t be opposed to a third bout with Stipe Miocic. Last night (July 14), dos Santos traded leather with Blagoy Ivanov. In the end, dos Santos’ footwork and gas tank were superior and it helped lead him to a u…

Junior dos Santos certainly wouldn’t be opposed to a third bout with Stipe Miocic. Last night (July 14), dos Santos traded leather with Blagoy Ivanov. In the end, dos Santos’ footwork and gas tank were superior and it helped lead him to a unanimous decision victory. It was a clean sweep for the former Ultimate […]

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Junior Dos Santos Eyes Title Eliminator Against Stipe Miocic

Junior Dos Santos has his sights set on redemption as he wants a fight with Stipe Miocic.

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Junior Dos Santos has his sights set on redemption as he wants a fight with Stipe Miocic.

As seen in the main event of the main card of Saturday’s (July 15, 2018) UFC Boise (also known as UFC Fight Night 133) at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, the former UFC heavyweight champion was able to pick up a unanimous decision win over Blagoy Ivanov.

In the fight, Dos Santos landed more strikes over the five rounds to take home the win on the judges’ scorecards, which put another W in the win column for the future UFC Hall of Famer. This was a big win for him for two reasons – his first win since suffering a knockout loss to Miocic in May of 2017 as that was his previous fight and the fact that this was his first fight in over one year.

JDS had been on the sidelines since he was flagged for a potential USADA anti-doping violation back in August of 2017 and as a result of that violation, he was forced out of his UFC 215 barnburner against hard-hitting and former title contender Francis Ngannou.

After the news came out, Dos Santos’ team clarified the situation by revealing he had tested positive for the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide in the August 10 out-of-competition test.

Following the fight, JDS made it known that he wants another shot at the former UFC heavyweight champion.

“Everything negative goes away when you get the ‘W,’” Dos Santos said to MMAJunkie. “That would be a good fight, and I want that because I think we deserve it, both of us. Miocic was the champion that just lost the championship with one punch,” Dos Santos said. “That’s the heavyweight division. Sometimes, when you connect right on your (chin), you’re done.

“We’re going to have to wait a little bit now, because Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier will fight. We could do this fight, and maybe the winner will fight for the title.”

If you recall, JDS and Miocic have fought each other twice inside of the Octagon as their first fight came four years in a barnburner that saw Dos Santos pick up a unanimous decision win but it will be interesting to see if the UFC books this fight again due to the fact that Miocic will likely be on the sidelines for some time after suffering a KO loss to now-UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier earlier this month at the UFC 226 pay-per-view event.

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UFC Fight Night 133 Results: Junior dos Santos Beats Blagoy Ivanov via Decision

Junior dos Santos proved to be a rough welcoming committee for Blagoy Ivanov, winning a unanimous-decision victory to close out UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday…

Junior dos Santos proved to be a rough welcoming committee for Blagoy Ivanov, winning a unanimous-decision victory to close out UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday…