Wanderlei Silva Admits to Taking Diuretics on Skipped Drug Test

Written by Tom Ngo
June 17th, 2014

UFC Middleweight Wanderlei Silva

During Tuesday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing, UFC star Wanderlei Silva (pictured) faced the firing squad to discuss why he “ran” out the side door of his gym when a NSAC official sprung a random drug test on him on May 24 for his scheduled fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175.

Silva, with his wife and lawyer Ross Goodman on each side of him, didn’t say a single word. According to Goodman, Silva admitted to taking diuretics and anti-inflammatories to treat a wrist injury he suffered during his on-set brawl with Sonnen on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3.”

That same wound is why his scrap with Sonnen was delayed from May to July.

According to Goodman, UFC doctors prescribed Silva anti-inflammatory medication following his brawl with Sonnen. An X-ray in early May confirmed a fractured wrist. On his own accord, Silva then proceeded to seek out diuretics to minimize water retention.

Diuretics are commonly classified as a banned substance due to their use as a masking agent to prevent detection of other illegal substances. Goodman reiterated that his client was not trying to hide any performance-enhancing drugs in his system.

NSAC’s sample collector also testified at today’s meeting. He described how Silva didn’t answer the door at his Las Vegas home and then bolted to his nearby gym.

When the collector finally caught up to Silva, the 37-year-old consented to taking the test, only to slide out the side door of his gym.

Goodman apologized on behalf of “The Axe Murderer” for dodging the surprise drug test, admitting that Silva should have surrendered to the exam. 

NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar will now take the information gathered from today’s hearing and decide if Silva will be punished at a later date.

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