Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s (pictured) yearlong suspension for performance-enhancing drugs doesn’t end until January 31, but that didn’t stop the UFC from assigning Silva his next assignment.
Silva looks to take the first step towards reclaiming his middleweight throne against Michael Bisping on February 27. But first, Silva was forced to face the firing squad for the first time since getting popped for multiple PEDs on multiple occasions.
“I’ve been fighting my whole career and never tested positive,” Silva said on Tuesday’s media call. “My conscience is clear. I’ve never purposefully taken any banned substance. I made an error in taking a substance that was contaminated. I never cheated.
“I’m ready to be tested at any moment. I’m not perfect, I’m not a saint. I really made a mistake by taking a substance that was tainted. I never intended to expose my personal life to clear the facts the way I did. I never took any kind of steroid. My lawyer and the guy that tested the supplements I took were not able to prove the truth. My suspension is coming to an end. I made a mistake and I’m paying for it.”
Of course Silva didn’t “purposefully take any banned substance.” No busted cheater ever did, right?
Silva’s “conscience is clean” because of the embarrassment he suffered from publicly revealing that he needed to take a mysterious blue pill from Thailand for three months before his fight against Nick Diaz in order to help him perform inside the bedroom?
Silva then blames his attorney and some random guy who tested said mysterious blue pill from Thailand because they “were not able to prove the truth” in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Speaking of the ever elusive truth, 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.
Silva then came up clean on his January 19 drug screening.
Silva proceeded to test 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 Diaz, for Oxazepam and Temazepam – two prohibited Benzodiazepines, as well as Drostanalone, an anabolic steroid.
Fail, pass, fail. One out of three ain’t bad, right?
The reason Silva is trying to brush this “mistake” under the rug is obvious. He was widely considered MMA’s GOAT prior to being outed as a cheat, so there’s great incentive for him to make light of his positive PED results.
Flunking a couple drug tests for one fight at the tail end of his illustrious 18-year career most likely won’t tarnish his entire résumé. At least that’s what Silva is hoping.
UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie was busted for steroids at the end of his career, yet that blemish serves as nothing more than a footnote when discussing Gracie’s place in the sport.
Silva may have convinced his conscience that it’s clean, but one mysterious blue pill from Thailand proves that his career isn’t as immaculate as it could have been.