Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (pictured) has two options after it was revealed Tuesday that he had tested positive for two performance-enhancing drugs: own his mistake and provide an honest explanation as to why he decided to take Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone, or play the ever popular I-have-no-idea-how-two-different-PEDs-were-found-in-my-system-because-I’ve-never-knowingly-taken-anything-banned card.
As most other professional athletes who flunk their drug tests do, it appears the 39-year-old Silva has gone with the latter option.
According to Marcio Tannure, Silva’s doctor in Brazil who is also the medical director of the Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Athletic Commission (CABMMA), his client is claiming innocence.
“Anderson told me he’s disappointed, upset because he didn’t use steroids,” Tannure told Band News Radio (translated by MMAFighting.com). “He will ask for the confirmation test because he believes the only explanation is a contamination or a mistake from the lab. He told me, ‘I have an impeccable career history and I wouldn’t want to tarnish my image.’
“It’s too soon to judge. He has the right to a confirmation test and two other results. The Nevada Athletic Commission hasn’t talked yet, and the press is already judging him. The process isn’t over yet. If the whole process was already over, he would have already been suspended.”
Tannure has a muddied past, so it’s unknown if Silva authorized him to make comments on his behalf. UFC heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva blamed Tannure for his positive testosterone test after an instant classic scrap with Mark Hunt that resulted in a draw in 2013. Silva had threatened to sue Tannure to clear his name, but no word on if he actually followed through.
According to Tannure, Silva is not planning on addressing the public regarding this matter anytime soon.
Silva ended his 13-month hiatus due to a broken left shin four days ago by posting a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 183. Coincidentally, Diaz also flunked his drug test for marijuana.
Silva had never failed a drug test during his 18-year professional career until now.
The NAC will have to discuss possible punishment for Silva and whether to overturn his win to a no contest.