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Wanderlei Silva: ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ (Video)

Written by Tom Ngo
June 19th, 2014
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UFC Middleweight Wanderlei Silva

Wanderlei Silva (pictured) didn’t utter a single word when he stood before the Nevada State Athletic Commission during Tuesday’s hearing. Instead, the UFC middleweight left those duties to his attorney to explain why he ran when a NSAC representative attempted to collect a random drug test from him on May 24.

However, Silva did speak after the meeting with his camera crew.

According to Silva, he has “nothing to hide” – despite the fact the NSAC drug test collector testified under oath just minutes earlier that Silva refused to answer the door when he appeared with a surprise drug exam at Silva’s Las Vegas home, then bolted out the side door of his own gym when he confronted “The Axe Murderer” there.

“I was very happy to solve this situation,” Silva stated. “I was very happy to clarify things and say the truth. I injured my wrist in February and after that I felt extreme pain in training. I was prescribed anti-inflammatories and that made me swell up, so then I started taking diuretics to expel the water out.

“When they sent the guy to my gym, I was still taking diuretics. And when you fail a drug test, people don’t know if it was for diuretics or steroids. I don’t use PEDs or steroids. I have never used it and I’ve never had any problems in that area. I have never failed a doping test before. I have nothing to hide and I am glad we solved this.”

Diuretics are commonly classified as a banned substance due to their use as a masking agent to prevent detection of other illegal substances. However, since Silva ran from the pop quiz, there’s no way of knowing if there was anything else in his system at the time.

So, I guess we have to take his word for it…

Things might be getting lost in translation or the Brazilian has his blinders on, because Silva’s lawyer relaying his side of the story to the board doesn’t mean he’s free and clear. NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar will now take the information gathered from this week’s hearing and decide if Silva will be punished at a later date.

Let’s just say the NSAC doesn’t take too kindly to athletes running from a random drug test.

Please click the media player below to watch Silva’s video blog:

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