Anderson Silva, perhaps the greatest mixed martial artist in history has been hit with the maximum penalty by Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar, for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The decision came down Thursday, August 13, following a hearing in which Silva offered inconsistent testimony for his January 9, 2015, positive test for the banned substance Drostanolone, several weeks before his fight with Nick Diaz.

 

The former champion was suspended for one year, fined $380,000 and had his victory over Diaz overturned. The bout has now been ruled a no contest.

The penalty is retroactive, meaning the 40-year old Brazilian can return to action in February 2016.

UFC officials backed the decision and said they would welcome Silva back once his suspension has been lifted.

“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,” a statement from the organization read. “The UFC recognizes Silva’s great career and looks forward to his return to the Octagon in 2016.”