Dennis Siver issued temporary suspension by Nevada commission

Siver, right, won't be punching anyone anytime soon.

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UFC featherweight Dennis Siver was issued a temporary suspension by the Nevada athletic commission on Tuesday after testing positive for the banned substance Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) following UFC 168 in December.

The suspension came as the state prepares to make a case against Siver in an upcoming commission hearing, perhaps as early as next month. At that time, state deputy attorney general Christopher Eccles will present Siver’s lab report, and Siver will have the opportunity to voice a defense.

hCG is a hormone that is often used to increase testosterone production, Eccles noted during his brief presentation to the commission on Tuesday. Commission members voted unanimously to issue a temporary ban, which is routinely honored by every commission in the country as well as by the UFC when the promotion sanctions itself internationally. 

In a recent public statement, Siver blamed a supplement recommended to him by a new trainer that was assisting him with his diet and weight-cutting efforts. In that statement, Siver said he was "shocked" by the positive result.

Siver is likely to face a suspension of between 6-9 months, as well as the prospect of seeing his UFC 168 win over Manny Gamburyan overturned to a no contest. The 35-year-old, who has been with the promotion since 2007, has a 22-9 career record and is currently ranked No. 7 in the division.