To hell with what the Nevada Athletic Commission says, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (pictured) is sticking to his I-have-never-taken-any-performance-enhancing-drugs guns – despite the fact the NAC reported Tuesday Silva failed two out of three drug tests they administered.
Outside of issuing a brief statement professing his innocence when news broke February 3 that he had flunked his UFC 183 out-of-completion pre-fight drug exam for two different PEDs – Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone – Silva has been radio silent.
Silva broke his “silence” late Thursday night by thumbing out a lengthy testimony on his official Instagram account, which has 1.3 million followers. Just like the last time Silva addressed the controversy that has tarnished his illustrious career, he is crying innocence.
Here is Silva’s complete statement, which was written in English::
IN RESPECT TO MY FANS I will not say anything about who I am or what I went through to get here. What matters to me now is the respect from those who have followed my career. I bled, struggled and fought because I love it and because I always wanted to honor the flag of the country I love so much. I don’t know what to apologize for, because I am still waiting for the results and analysis from the specialists that are working to reveal the truth. Everything that I took since my injury are being analyzed. I look for the truth as much as all those who were surprised with the results. I always played clean, I was never a cheater. In eighteen years of my career, I never had a problem with exams. In and out of the Octagon I never slipped in compliance with the principles that always guided me. With much honor and dignity I defended my country where ever I fought. I never used any substances to better my performance in my fights. I love what I do and I would never risk what I took so long to build. I think that the hurry some people have to condemn me is unfair. The time it takes to destroy a reputation is infinitely less than that is taken to build it. I am the one who is most eager to settle this situation. I want those who have always supported me to know that I am still fighting for all the sad happenings of this situation to be cleared.
Unfortunately for Silva, in the court of public opinion, professional athletes who get popped for banned substances are guilty until proven innocent. “The Spider” is fighting an uphill battle, but the UFC has stood behind their most decorated champion.
Here’s one of the main holes in Silva’s claim of innocence: Silva was busted on a January 9 test for Drostanolone and Androsterone, he then came up clean on a January 19 exam, but proceeded to fail his fight night drug test on January 31.
The last positive test showed Drostanalone, as well as Oxazepam and Temazepam – two prohibited Benzodiazepines – were in his system immediately after he posted a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz.
According to Drugs.com, Oxazepam is used to combat anxiety. The same website reports Temazepam treats insomnia.
Silva will stand before the NAC at a later date to plead his case. He is facing at least a nine-month ban, fine and having his victory overturned to a no contest.