Very interesting point brought up by Mike at Halfguarded regarding the new USADA/UFC anti doping policy and how it will effect fighters under suspensions. Linky This is something fairly common in other sports, in cycling, we are used to the fact that if a rider is banned they cant take part in the sport in any capacity, they cant practice with the team, they cant coach other riders, they cant train other athletes, they have to effectively sit out for the entire period of their ban. There was recently a fairly large storm when american cyclist Tejay Van Garderen was pictured training/being motorpaced behind banned cyclist Lance Armstrong and there was much discussion whether this constituded training. Going forward, under the new regulations, any fighters are currently suspended are prevented from working with, coaching, training, other UFC fighters. from the ufc anti doping policy the key part being "athlete support personel" which brings us to the prohibited association clause of the anti doping policy In other words, within 15 days of Silva's convincted USADA will inform him that as a banned athlete he is forbidden from working with, training, any other UFC athlete for the purpose of assisting them. This also means, that theoretically, if he wanted to return in a fight say early February, he would have to ensure that all his training up to 31st january was only with fighters not under the UFC/USADA doping policy. Same would apply to Melendez. He should have now been informed by USADA that he cannot work with, train or coach other contracted UFC athletes, cannot corner for them, cannot help them with weigh in's. A lot more in that article worth reading, but it puts a real perspective on one aspect of the new anti doping regulations.