Despite flunking two separate UFC 183 tests for performance-enhancing drugs, Anderson Silva (pictured) is convinced everyone else is wrong. Or the former UFC middleweight champion has merely convinced himself that he’s right.
Outside of a couple prepared statements professing his innocence, Silva has remained relatively silent since his failed exams came to light in February. Silva continued to ride the I-didn’t-do-it train over the weekend with a lengthy Instagram post.
“As for my doping case I am waiting for the commission and my lawyers,” Silva wrote in Portuguese (translated via Google Translate). “I’m not a cheat and never had pumped body in doubt just look at my fights in Japan when I fought in Pride 80kg because there was no category of 84kg and I struggled with the guys who lowered from 100kg to 94kg then to the experts here, will get real facts.”
So far, the facts state Silva failed his pre-fight, out-of-competition drug exam on January 9 for Drostanolone metabolites and Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone.
However, Silva was clean on his January 19 drug screening.
Silva then tested positive in his UFC 183 post-fight drug test, which was administered by the NAC the night of his January 31 unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz, for Oxazepam and Temazepam – two prohibited Benzodiazepines, as well as Drostanalone, an anabolic steroid.
Unfortunately for Silva, in the court of public opinion, professional athletes who get popped for banned substances are guilty until proven innocent. From the outside looking in – Silva was cheating, then tapered off, then ramped back up for fight night.
“I apologize to my followers and my fans who give me strength and that are critical in an attempt to help me, not put me down because I do not want you to think I’m being rude to you I’m just tired of hearing lies and false accusations,” Silva stated. “I do not live in a glass case, I am not holy and never titled me the best, I have always done what I love in truth without overshadowing and without lying to anyone.”
Silva and his team are expected to stand before the NAC to plead their case in the coming months. Silva is facing a suspension, fine and having his win overturned to a no contest.