Dennis Siver Tests Positive For HCG After UFC 168 Win
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.15.2014
MMA Junkie reports that after his win over Manny Gamburyan in December at UFC 168, Dennis Siver (22-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) has tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). While it's a naturally occurring hormone in men and women, it's on many banned substances lists in sports because it is used with steroids. Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said that an "appropriate complaint" against Siver was being prepared.
hCG is used in women as a fertility drug. In men it can be used to boost testosterone. It is also used as a weight loss aid but the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved any drugs with hCG for over-the-counter use. It wasn't revealed how much hCG Siver had in his system, but he will be given a temporary suspension by the NSAC. Siver will get the chance to appeal but it will soon be discussed if he should get a full suspension (along with the length of said suspension, a potential fine and if his win will be changed to a no-contest). In 2009, baseball player Manny Ramirez was suspended for fifty games after testing positive for hCG.
All of the other fighters at UFC 168 tested negative for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse. The NSAC oversaw the card. It happened at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and featured a fight between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, as well as women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.
Siver dropped from lightweight to featherweight in 2012 and won fights against Diego Nunes and Nam Phan. He went on a 9-2 run then suffered a "Fight of the Night" TKO loss to Cub Swanson at UFC 162 in July 2013. This was followed by his unanimous decision over Gamburyan. He previously said he wanted to get a title shot. He said: "My goal is definitely to get a title shot, and I think I belong in the top 10. My goal is to fight a top 10 fighter in my next fight."