Anderson Silva suspended for a year

The UFC will happily accept Anderson Silva back into the fold after the former middleweight champion completes his performance enhancing drugs suspension.

Silva was suspended for 12 months by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Thursday after testing positive for drostanolone metabolites in an out of competition test on January 9 and on the day of his bout against Nick Diaz on January 31.

The suspension will be applied retroactively, meaning that Silva could return to competition in February next year.

In a statement released on its website, the UFC said that it looked forward to Silva’s “return to the octagon”.

“At the conclusion of his suspension, Silva must present a clean test upon reapplication of a license before his next fight in Nevada,” the statement read.

“The UFC organization maintains a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes, and fully supports the Commission’s ongoing efforts to ensure clean competition by all MMA athletes. UFC recognizes Silva's great career and looks forward to his return to the octagon in 2016.”

Apart from his suspension, Silva was also fined his $200 000 win bonus and 30 percent of his $800 000 fight purse.  The fight against Diaz, which Silva won by unanimous decision, was also ruled a no contest.