The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) unanimously voted to temporarily suspend UFC featherweight Dennis Siver during their monthly commission meeting. No official suspension was given during the Tuesday meeting. Siver will likely have a month before he must step in front of the commission and present his case.
Following UFC 168, Siver tested positive for a banned substance known as human chorionic gonadtropin (HCG). The substance itself is known to restore and maintain testosterone production in steroid users who are coming off of a cycle. Prior to this incident, Siver had never tested positive for a banned substance in his 31-fight MMA career.
UFC 168 drug test results took longer than usual to be released. Typically, they are reported just weeks after a fight. In the case of UFC 168, it took more than 2 months for the drug test results to be reported by the NSAC.
The hold up was due to UFC featherweight Dennis Siver and welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada’s results coming back inclusive. Siver, 35, took a unanimous decision over Manny Gamburyan that night. Bahadurzada, who lost to John Howard at UFC 168, had his tests come back clean.
Siver has won 3 out of his last 4 since dropping down to the 145-division. The German kickboxer is currently ranked at #7 in the division.
The temporary suspension means Siver is not allowed to compete in the states until his case is heard at the next NSAC meeting. There is no date set yet for the next month’s commission meeting. But when it happens, the Attorney General will present the lab results from Siver’s test. Siver will have a chance to tell his side of the story and the length of his suspension and/or fines will be determined by NSAC from there.