Anderson Silva, an accomplished fighter, recently failed a drug test for steroids. Silva tested positive for anabolic steroids (drostanolone and androsterone), a drug that increases muscle recovery and increases athletic performance. Silva is facing a disciplinary hearing with a possibility of suspension. Silva tainted his prestigious career by using illegal substances. After recovering from a gruesome broken leg in the ring, he turned to steroids to speed up his recovery. In the blunt words of Joe Rogan "you're talking about a long-ass period of recovery." (MMAFighting.com) Joe said this when talking about the magnitude of injury Silva experienced. Silva was nearing the end of his prime fighting years. As a 40 year old, there would be a long rehabilitation period for Silva. As fighters age they cannot bounce back as fast as they used to. Silva competes against men almost half his age that could recover twice as fast. Steroids can help with recovering from injury, and they can drastically decrease the rehabilitation time. Silva also had some of the top sponsors displayed on his shorts in the ring. He needs to keep performing to keep the sponsorships. The benefits of steroids and pressure from the MMA’s culture was too tempting for the champion fighter.
"MMA in general is a steroid epidemic" (MMAFighting.com) said Joe Rogan. The MMA is not as harsh on athletes as other professional sports leagues are. Loose regulations encourage athletes to take steroids, and this caused the epidemic. The MMA is considering suspending Silva, but there is still a scheduled fight in the near future. The MMA needs to make an example out of a star like Anderson Silva to deter other athletes from using performance enhancing drugs. This protects athletes from the opportunity of using performance enhancing drugs. All professional sports leagues should have strict testing regulations and punishments.