Anderson Silva has said he never knowingly used performance enhancing drugs and that he “always played clean”, and it sounds like Anthony Pettis believes the legendary fighter.
Not long after it was revealed that Silva has allegedly tested positive for banned substances, including steroids, the fighter denied used PEDs. Then, more recently, it was reported that the fighter’s camp plans to argue that the fighter’s drug use was solely ‘therapeutic‘ and a means to recover from injuries. Silva broke his leg in December, 2013, and then last fall, it was reported he was having issues with his back.
Pettis was asked to weigh-in on the scandal this week, as he prepares to fight Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday, and the lightweight champ had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I just can’t see him consenting to cheating,” Pettis said. “I don’t think that’s something he would do. I mean, when you’re at that high of a level, people want to see you back, there’s money to be made if he fights again, so somebody had to be in his ear or somebody had to be giving him stuff that he didn’t know what it was. I hope he had no idea what it was.”
“The casual fans (are doing that), you know? Like, ‘oh, he’s been cheating his whole career.’ They have no idea, watching him in the UFC when it was just his first fight, they don’t know what it takes to get where he’s at. So people are so quick and easy to judge, and nobody knows what’s going on.”
It’s definitely a controversial situation, but due to the legendary status of Silva, it seems like there are plenty of fans who want to believe that “The Spider” is innocent. Or at least, like Pettis noted, innocent in the sense that Silva didn’t knowingly take PEDs.
The soon to be 40 year-old fighter is expected to appear in front of the Nevada Commission later this month. Barring some unexpected twist, Silva will likely be suspended for a minimum of nine months. The former middleweight champ returned to action in January and scored a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz, but that result will likely be overturned.
Pettis, meanwhile, will throw down with dos Anjos at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main card for UFC 185 will be available via pay-per-view.