Recently Anderson Silva’s doctor reported that the fighter has denied taking steroids, and now the legend has released a statement, in which he claims he never took performance enhancing drugs.

As you almost certainly know by now, on Tuesday it was widely reported that Silva allegedly tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane metabolites, in drug test that was conducted prior to UFC 183. Then, Silva’s doctor and the medical director for the Brazilian Commission, Marcio Tannure, relayed that Silva denies using PEDs.

On Wednesday, the following statement from Silva was sent to MMA through his manager, Ed Soares.

“I’ve been competing in this sport for a very long time.  This is my nineteenth fight in the UFC.  I have been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive drug test.

“I have not taken any performance-enhancing drugs.  My stance on drugs is, and will always be, the same.  I’m an advocate for a clean sport.

“I’m consulting with my advisors right now to explore all of my options and intend to fight this allegation and clear my name.  I will not make any further comments until my team advises me to do so.”

The Nevada Commission is expected to conduct additional testing, as a means to assess Silva’s preliminary results, before the fighter appears at a hearing on February 17th.

The 39 year-old fighter returned to action for the first time since December, 2013 this past weekend, and earned a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz.