The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) met today on several matters in their regular monthly meeting. In what many called an “expected move,” the Commission handed down several temporary suspensions to four UFC fighters in wake of recent failed drug tests.
Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard were all hit with temporary suspensions. This is a traditional response by the NSAC, and allows time for a more formal hearing at a subsequent meeting. That date has not been set, however Nevada Deputy Attorney General Chris Eccles assured the fighters and their representatives that they’ve been given adequate time to prepare for their hearings.
Silva (34-6, 17-2 UFC) earned a decision win over Diaz (26-10, 7-7 UFC) at the UFC 183 event on January 31. After the event, news came out that both fighters had failed drug testing. Diaz failed testing for marijuana metabolites, which is his third offense in Nevada during his pro career.
Silva, to many people’s surprise given his stance against drugs in the sport, failed an out of competition test for drostanolone metabolites and androsterone. Drostanolone is an indicator of the use of an anabolic steroid, and androsterone is a form of endogenous testosterone. Additionally, the NSAC released their complaint against Silva prior to the hearing. A pre-fight test also showed drostanolone metabolites, and his post-fight test revealed oxazepam and temazepan. Those medications treat anxiety and insomnia.
Also temporarily suspended today was Hector Lombard. He failed a drug test around the UFC 182 fight when he tested positive for desoxymethyltestosterone (DMT), which is considered a designer steroid. Lombard (35-4-1, 4-2 UFC) defeated Josh Burkman (27-11, 5-6 UFC) at that January 3 bout.
Additionally, the NSAC took action to suspend and fine Ashlee Evans-Smith for her failed drug test following UFC 181 where she lost to Raquel Pennington by submission. She tested positive for a diuretic. Evans-Smith blamed the failed test on a tainted supplement, but she did not disclose any supplement use on her pre-fight questionnaire. The commission fined her 30 percent of the purse and suspended her for nine months. Before she can fight again, she must also submit a clean drug test.
More on the stories of Lombard, Silva, and Diaz once their hearings and formal disciplinary actions are handed out.