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Anderson Silva Issues Statement Regarding Failed Drug Test

Written by Tom Ngo
February 4th, 2015

UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva

Former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) is adamant, despite what the results from January 9th’s UFC 183 pre-fight drug test revealed, he did not take any performance-enhancing drugs ahead of last Saturday’s unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz.

The UFC confirmed Tuesday that the most decorated champion in company history had flunked his out-of-competition drug exam administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission for two banned substances – Drostanolone metabolites, which is an anabolic steroid. It has also been learned that traces of Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone.

Silva appears to be as shocked as the rest of the MMA world was when news broke of his positive screening. The 39-year-old released a brief statement Wednesday via co-manager Jorge Guimares professing his innocence.

Here are Silva’s comments (courtesy of MMAJunkie.com):

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 advisers 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.

Silva came back from a devastating fractured shin that kept him sidelined for 13 months to face Diaz.

“The Spider” had never failed a drug test during his professional career until now.

The NAC will have to discuss possible punishment for Silva and whether to overturn his win to a no contest.

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