Although the Nevada State Athletic Commission recently revealed that Anderson Silva also failed drug tests he was given on January 31st, the Brazilian star and former middleweight champ is still insisting he never used performance enhancing drugs.
If you recall, not long after the NSAC reported that Silva allegedly tested positive for drostanolone metabolites and androstane earlier in January, he denied ever using PEDs.
Then, a couple of days ago, the NSAC revealed that Silva allegedly tested positive for drostanolone once more in a test he was given on January 31st. That’s the day Silva outscored Nick Diaz for a decision win at UFC 183. The commission also claimed that Silva tested for positive for Oxazepam and Temazepam on fight day, which are used to treat anxiety and insomnia respectively.
Well, either Silva never knowingly took PEDs or he’s decided to stick to his story regardless of the latest test results, as the legend has released the following statement (on Instagram).
IN RESPECT TO MY FANS I will not say anything about who I am or what I went through to get here. What matters to me now is the respect from those who have followed my career. I bled, struggled and fought because I love it and because I always wanted to honor the flag of the country I love so much. I don't know what to apologize for, because I am still waiting for the results and analysis from the specialists that are working to reveal the truth. Everything that I took since my injury are being analyzed. I look for the truth as much as all those who were surprised with the results. I always played clean, I was never a cheater. In eighteen years of my career, I never had a problem with exams. In and out of the Octagon I never slipped in compliance with the principles that always guided me. With much honor and dignity I defended my country where ever I fought. I never used any substances to better my performance in my fights. I love what I do and I would never risk what I took so long to build. I think that the hurry some people have to condemn me is unfair. The time it takes to destroy a reputation is infinitely less than that is taken to build it. I am the one who is most eager to settle this situation. I want those who have always supported me to know that I am still fighting for all the sad happenings of this situation to be cleared.
So, considering what Silva has accomplished throughout his career, this statement shouldn’t come as a surprise. Based off what was said, it looks like his team could come forward with a claim that Silva took something that had drostanolone and androstane, without knowing it. Rather than claiming the lab–which by all reports is a very respected / accomplished facility–messed up his results. Otherwise, why would they be analysing everything he “took” since his injury?
The consensus, greatest-of-all-time is expected to appear in front of the commission next month to present his case. Currently Silva is under temporary suspension.
When Silva battled Diaz last month, he was fighting for the first time since December, 2013, when he broke his leg versus Chris Weidman.