Anderson Silva Appeals For Harsher Punishments To Fighters Who Test Positive For Steroids

Anderson Silva doesn’t feel enough is being done to punish fighters who use steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

And ‘The Spider’ would know.

Of the 15 fighters Silva has faced in the UFC, seven have failed a drug test at some point. These include: Chael Sonnen, Stephen Bonnar, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, James Irvin, Nate Marquardt and Chris Leben.

“This is not bad for me, this is bad for the sport,” Silva told MMAjunkie. “People around the world love the UFC, but the kids love the UFC, and the families love UFC. It’s bad for the sport. I don’t think this is good because the sport can change the lives of the kids and the people in the world.

Silva said that there shouldn’t be any excuses and tougher penalties need to be implemented to ensure fighters don’t find ways around using illegal substances.

“When the guys test for the steroids, (they should have) no more fights,” Silva said. “When you use the steroids, you use them for a long time. When you use the steroids for a long time, you have a problem. It’s a drug and it’s not good for the sport.”

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