Props to featherweight Dennis Siver (pictured) for taking full responsibility for failing his UFC 168 drug test. Un-props (certainly not a word) to Siver for indirectly blaming his unnamed nutritionist for recommending the undisclosed dietary supplement he consumed that caused him to flunk his exam.
After December’s unanimous decision victory over Manny Gamburyan, Siver’s A-Sample provided “inconclusive” results. His B-Sample returned with traces of hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadrotropin), a banned substance with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
According to ThinkSteroids.com, hCG “is useful for maintaining testosterone production and/or testicle size during a steroid cycle. Additionally, outside of or in-between steroid cycles, it can be very useful for increasing testosterone production.”
WebMD reports hCG can also be used as a weight loss plan by “resetting your metabolism so you lose as much as a pound a day without feeling hungry or weak.”
Siver is facing a suspension and fine. In addition, the 35-year-old’s win will most likely be overturned to a no contest.
Here is Siver’s complete statement released to German outlet GroundAndPound.de:
“Today I would like to issue a public statement and give my fans and supporters the opportunity to form their own opinion on how the alleged doping allegations against me came about.
Last fall, my coach Niko Sulenta was diagnosed with severe cancer, which lead to me being on my own during the preparations for a UFC fight for the first time, without me being able to draw on his longstanding care and advice. Niko has always been essential to my weight reduction.
So prior to UFC 168 I had to hire an external personal trainer and nutrionist to support me with making weight. The nutrionist recommended me a new diet method from the US, which had been successfully used by the stars. Thereupon I asked, if I, as a competitive professional athlete, could safely use this supplement. This was confirmed to me. Then I committed the fatal mistake of not making sure through the UFC if individual substances from the supplement could have effects on the drug tests.
I flew to the US and won my fight. I was all the more shocked when the result of the A sample was deemed ’inconclusive’ and I was hoping for the result of the B sample. They found a small component of hCG in my urine sample – a minor ingredient of the diet preparation and a substance which is banned in the UFC.
I do not want to blame anyone for this result and I take full responsibility for my gullible and careless behavior. It was my mistake and it was grossly negligent. But I distance myself from any kind of doping. In my previous sixteen UFC fights, not even the smallest banned substance has been detected. This makes the current events all the more disappointing and shocking for me and my team.
Signed: Dennis Siver