Thiago Silva’s case was looked over by the NSAC today and here’s what submitting a fake sample to hide steroid use cost him:
When all was said and done, the NSAC ruling stated that Silva’s license was revoked for one year with a start date of Jan. 1, he was fined 25 percent of his $55,000 purse, fined $20,000 of his $55,000 win bonus, would have to submit a clean drug test before reapplying on or after Jan. 2, 2012, and the result of the fight was changed to a “no contest.”
The total of the fines comes to $33,750, when both the percentage of his fight purse and win bonus are combined.
Keith Kizer, who’s racking up some serious brownie points by actually giving a shit about stuff lately, tried to have the yearlong suspension start today rather than when the Vera fight happened because Thiago Silva didn’t fess up to the fake piss until science 100% nailed him. But that didn’t go through and instead he’ll return on January 1st, 2012. Hopefully that’s enough time for him to both feel really guilty AND heal his back up.
As for Silva himself, he laid out exactly what he did to get around the crack team of fat old farts the commissions keep backstage:
Specifically, Silva admitted undergoing a series of steroid injections in his back to address a chronic back injury he’s suffered from for years, including one approximately thirty days before his fight at UFC 125 with Brandon Vera, then pouring a vial of doctored urine into a cup while his back was turned to the NSAC inspector overseeing the procedure at the event. When asked if he felt similar actions happened with regularity in MMA Silva responded in an affirmative fashion.
Sounds like athletic commissions really need to have a sit down with their penis watchers and make sure they understand their job: to literally see the urine coming out of the cocks of these athletes. But considering some sneaky athletes actually inject the urine straight into their bladders with a needle, perhaps we should just admit that urine samples are so last decade and move onto something harder to tamper with. Oh if only there was some other substance we could use!