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Thiago Silva banned for six months
Thiago Silva has been suspended for six months after testing positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight against Stanislav Nedkov earlier this month.
Silva (15-3) defeated Nedkov via submission in the third round of their co-main event at the UFC on Fuel event in Macau. The decision, however, will be changed to a no-contest due to Silva's suspension.
UFC officials confirmed the light-heavyweight's failed drug test and suspension to ESPN on Wednesday. Silva also will attend a drug rehab program.
"The UFC organisation has a strict, consistent policy against the use of illegal drugs," the promotion stated in a release. "Silva has admitted to taking the banned substance and agreed to participate in an approved drug-rehabilitation program and serve the six-month suspension."
The suspension dates retroactively to November 10. Silva must pass a drug test prior to fighting again.
The Brazilian was suspended for one year following a win over Brandon Vera in January 2011 for submitting a fake urine sample to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The win was later changed to a no-contest.
This article first appeared on ESPN.com