Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has broken his silence regarding his positive drug test for two performance enhancing drugs.
The fighter released a statement through his manager earlier this week where he insists that he never took any performance enhancing drugs and will “fight this allegation.” The entire statement can be read below:
I’ve been competing in this sport for a very long time. This is my 19th 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 stances on drug is, and will always be, the same. I am an advocate for a clean sport.
I’m consulting with my advisors right now to explore all 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 two drugs Silva tested positive for, drostanolone and androstane, are commonly found in bodybuilding circles. Drostanolone in particular is used to gain muscle density while losing weight and body fat.
Silva’s home gym “Blackhouse MMA” is no stranger to having its fighters test positive for drostanolone. Blackhouse fighters Kevin Casey and Brian Ortega both tested positive for the drug in their most recent UFC bouts. Blackhouse MMA has yet to comment on the situation.
A potential defense for Silva could have been laid out for him by fellow Brazilian Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. “Bigfoot” Silva was a patient under the same doctor, Dr. Marcio Tannure, as Anderson Silva and tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone after his 2013 bout with Mark Hunt. After the bout, “Bigfoot” placed the blame solely on Tannure for injecting him with too much testosterone during his testosterone replacement therapy treatment.
The weeks and months ahead will be absolutely critical for Silva if he is truly innocent. Up first will be an appearance in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission which could take place before the end of the month.
Stay tuned to SciFighting.com for all developments regarding Silva and his failed drug tests.