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Morning Report: Anthony Johnson believes Anderson Silva's team is to blame for failed drug tests

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

After UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones placed the blame on Anderson Silva's failed drug tests on his staff, No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson is following suit.

Silva tested positive for steroid metabolites in drug tests before and after his main event bout with Nick Diaz Jan. 31 at UFC 183.

Like Jones, Johnson is giving Silva the benefit of the doubt.

"It was disappointing, but with the way guys are getting popped left and right it doesn't surprise me," Johnson told Fighthub. "A lot of times I think these fighters, you know, we've got our coaches, our trainers, people that we trust and sometimes they just say, 'Here, take this.' We trust them so we take it. Sometimes you just don't ask questions about what is it. You just take their word for it because they've been in your corner for so many times. You just take it. You don't think twice about it. You think it's something good for you. Once again, you trust them."

Some, including Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, Tito Ortiz and UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman have called Silva's entire career into question following the positive tests, but Johnson doesn't believe the legacy was built with the help of performance enhancing drugs.

"In Anderson's case, just for me, I just think that's what it was," said Johnson. "I don't think Anderson's really ever been a cheater. He's been a showboater, we know that. That's who he is. He makes the fights entertaining. I don't think he's ever been to the point where he's used something illegal to be the fighter that he is."

Johnson faces Jones May 23 at UFC 187 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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MMA, perhaps unlike any other sport, has a great way of creating narratives and letting them grow organically. Team sports do it too, but many of those are curated, nurtured and harvested by the sports media establishment prior to consumption by the fans. As if ESPN radio were some bizarro Fox News pushing Bengazi-like hysteria upon us with inflated talk of deflated balls. The MMA fanbase however is what drives the narratives for our sport. And this is no bad thing. No sooner are these storylines created than are they are totally inverted, and like inside out boy, flipped over the bar. It was one week and one day ago when it still appeared 2015 was likely the year Brazil ceded all of their MMA titles to English first language speaking champions.

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