Anderson Silva Doesn’t Know Why He Should Apologize, Denies Taking Performance Enhancers

February 20, 2015
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Shock, disappointment, disbelief. These are but a few of the emotions that spread like wildfire across the mixed martial arts world when the Nevada Athletic Commission revealed that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva had tested positive for steroids in a Jan. 9 out-of-compeition random drug test.

Silva then tested clean for a Jan. 19 test for performance-enhancing substances, but then failed his UFC 183 fight night drug test on Jan. 31, again testing positive for steroids.

> SEE ALSO: Anderson Silva Also Fails UFC 183 Fight Night Drug Test 

Such test results are rarely, if ever, successfully shown to be false, but Silva has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing. He issued a statement denying ever taking any banned substances following the first positive test, and reiterated that denial in a lengthy statement directed to his fans on Friday via his Instagram account.

“IN RESPECT TO MY FANS

Anderson Silva Up Close & Personal v1I 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.”

Silva was temporarily suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday, pending a full disciplinary hearing at the commission’s March hearing. The date of that meeting has yet to be set.

If Silva is unsuccessful in his bid to counter the test results, his victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 will likely be changed to a no contest result, and he would also likely receive a fine and suspension.

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.

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  • Brian S

    You mean you never slipped in cycling off before the test, until the test was random. First random test, first time busted.

  • Mmafan4

    Honestly who cares, if He took them his whole career than he should continue to take them, they make for far more exciting fights. ….. I can’t be the only one who thinks this.

    • shakejunt

      idk.. his last fight was pretty awful.

      • Sir_Roy

        I think it was “awful” in large part due to the competition. Yes, yes, before fans go on the attack, I will also readily admit that Silva evidenced trepidation due to his injury, and his return was no doubt riddled with significant psychological hurdles. He was probably not 100% despite the PEDs in his system.

        Despite, I think Diaz’s style as an antagonistic volume puncher was a better match up for Silva than many would want to admit. I think the welterweight division has long had tougher competition to offer up than middleweight and Nick drove that fact home. I can’t think of a top 5 welterweight right now that wouldn’t be immensely dangerous for Anderson Silva. Even an Anderson before his injury.

        • shakejunt

          i hear ya. was more so just making a joke because of the initial comment’s implication. you’re on point though. diaz was a weird match-up for silva, as he is with everyone, but even more with anderson because he won’t threaten with a takedown and mix things up.

    • bIg_BrothEr

      Problem is… taking steroids/trt changes a person. Not all people are willing to do that to their bodies, these are the smart people. If there was no ped testing and everyone could take steroids, the smart people who are doing it the proper way are stuck with the disadvantage. I do think the fights are more exciting and there are fewer injuries when the fighter are juiced.

  • Seth

    I respect Chael more than him now. Why? Because Chael at least had balls to say what he did and was honest with us, by saying he regret nothing and he did that to make himself better. Anderson stil is top of the list when you talk about GOAT, but I lost a lot of respect for him now. Why those guys keep saying “No, I took nothing. I don’t know why I failed drug test”. Come on, we know majority of guys are on something – so why not just come forth and say “I messed up, I took it because I wanted to win”?

    • drkdisciple

      Chael had not guts what-so-ever he only admitted the truth after a two year ban that put an end to his career.

      • Chaelsmom

        exactly.

        I wouldn’t take Chael seriously.

      • Seth

        Wandarlei was banned for life – he didn’t do it. Chael > Wandarlei any days of the week, when it comes to being man.

      • Aaron Gustaveson

        I thought he admitted it before he was given the ban?

    • cheflacsto

      Chael denied it for quite a while and even went as far to call his opponents cheaters. Chael only admitted after his career was over.

      • Seth

        But he did. Wandarlei still wont say it. Anderson will fight it too. Why? What’s the point? We know what happened – you aged, you aren’t as fast and as strong as you used too and you need that stuff to keep your career alive. We know it – so why deny it and try to fight it? Chael was man enough to take it – Wandarlei is too stupid to realize it, but Anderson should still be in control of his mind, so why won’t he just say “I did it, I wanted to win and I felt like I need to be better”. Everyone want to be better – that’s nothing bad. At least he tried to do something to stay in the business he loves. But what he did here…that just being coward… :/

      • Gary Fredericks

        I think, IF I remember correctly, Sonnen admitted it, then got suspended, and then retired to his FOX Sports gig that ultimately dumped his ass too. He denied it for a New York second when the story broke, but quickly owned it and took his medicine like a man….unlike the growing number of cheaters.

    • Groinstrike

      Chael also laughed at Wanderlei for running from the testers until he got popped. Also Chael most likely needed his TRT from long steroid use.

      • Seth

        Belfort needed TRT becuase he abused roids and was actually caught years ago. So he asked for a way to cheat, beacuse his body was demolished from…cheating. And yet he’s a good guy, praised by fans. On other hand, you have Chael – who didn’t run from truth and admitted what he did. How he became the “bad guy” here? He’s still making fun of Wandy – because Wandy is retarded coward and a shadow of former self. Before or after getting caught – Chael is still turning Wandy in laughing stock…which isn’t hard, since Wandy is doing that himself as well…

  • TheCerealKiller

    Never incriminate yourself. He’ll have his day soon.

  • AndersonsMOm

    Just out of curiosity.

    And please, only respond if you know what you are talking about..

    How easy is it to get PED out of your system using masking agents or otherwise? Just explain the process to me.

    • Tha Kracken Neal

      Depends 100% on the facility providing the test.

    • TheCerealKiller

      It’s not answered that easy. It depends on the PED, how much and how long you’ve been taking it. There are a lot of factors and that’s why guys get caught. They don’t know exactly what they are doing. Not saying anything, but Anderson has the money to hire the people to perfectly cycle him… if he were to use PED’s. A common oral one is a few days.

      And like Neal said, it depends heavily on the method of test.

    • chad

      Masking agents will pop you as well. You might as well just piss hot. Tampering or pissing hot will be treated the same in most circumstances.

  • The Milkman

    Leben, belfort, griffin, Bonnar, sonnen, marquardt, Irvin, Henderson all either took steroids or trt, which I basically legally taking steroids, and all lost to silva so I really don’t care that he took them when most of his opponents did as well. There’s no way of telling if other past opponents took anything but how tarnished can his record be when it was an even playing field?

    • Groinkick

      Yeah? How about Rich Franklin getting his face smashed in, and needing reconstructive surgery? He mentioned not expecting Anderson to be so strong in the clinch. What if he was taking them then? Was that fair?

      • The Milkman

        If he was taking them against rich franklin while rich was clean then no it wasn’t fair. I’m simply pointing out at least half his ufc opponents have taken something that we know of. It’s just sad how many people have pissed hot and hopefully this crap is soon to be over

        • Gary Fredericks

          It’ll get far worse before it begins to get better, I can guarantee you that!

  • Groinstrike

    Sounds like he’s turning into Wanderei. If it was just one test there could be the very remote possibility of some sort of mix up or something. But he failed two different tests taken at different times. Unless there is some kind of conspiracy I don’t see how he an defend himself

  • marleysmadmen

    not one test result has been reversed for PED’s in any of the major sports. You were caught just tell the truth and move on. We all will.

  • Rousys lover

    I been thinking about something Maybe I’m just being paranoid but what if someone slips something in your food or drink, you would never know. What do you do, how do you prove it . No one will believe you, there’s no way to prove it. Am I being too far out there or does anyone else think it’s possible that could happen

    • Realist

      Drostanolone, AKA Masteron isn’t exactly something that can be “slipped in your food or drink”, sorry to tell you.

  • NG

    Has anybody asked what his Doctor was giving him for his leg injury. TRT is bad for any sport, but cocaine
    is illegal period. Maybe the ufc is using this to take people eyes off Jon Jones.

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      You’re the first to think of it Sherlock.

  • NG

    If the ufc knew about the failed drug test on both party why let them fight, Because it all about that money.
    This is not the only fight that fighter failed the drug test before the fight

  • MikeMcK

    It does get a bit ironic that the people who act like PED’s are superman pills are also the same people who talk about how PED’s destroy your body. PED’s are so much more complicated than people give them credit for being. Some PED’s can do as much harm as good. They don’t always help someone the same way morphine doesn’t always help relieve pain for everyone. Are the athletes who use trying to get an edge? Of course they are. It doesn’t mean that they always get one. We don’t actually know that mark McGuire was aided by what he took, all we know is that he took something illegal for the purpose of getting better. It’s likely that PED’s helped, but you never actually know for certain.

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      Oh yeah, we could all be living in a simulation. Get a grip buddy.

  • bob

    The excuse “I’ve never tested positive” when you pop on your first ever out of competition testing is a little silly to say… I believe Wand used the same excuse when he ran.

  • Jeffrey Benencase

    Anderson Silva has never been caught in any dopin test before in twenty years of his career, has always been against the use of steroids. 20 years is not little. Yes it is a winner and nothing will erase it. They want to erase he, soiling his image. Weidman did not kick, he has a big body and short legs, his kicks are a disgrace, so he trained one block that broke the leg of AS, he came to break the leg of someone during practice for the fight with AS, and did it on purpose, that face of false man nice. AS had to take many medicines to heal, any of them could very well contain such prohibited substances, Weidman is saying that AS is not the same and that should retire, I think a true champion does not have to be talking about nothing, have is to fight when challenged as aS and others did.

    • Chad

      MMA Math: 20 years + 1 failed test = cheater, 10 years + 1 failed test = cheater, 1 year + 1 failed test = cheater….x + failed test always equals cheater. Murica
      …Lance Armstrong
      *lights dim, curtain falls, crowd leaves the room

  • GCrew George

    They will clean it up when the ufc has murder charges

  • Jeffrey Benencase

    It is very easy to condemn someone there, when and where all are guilty. In a competition where almost all use steroids. Are all guilty including the owners of that company who want to see only money and care little for the fighters and the person itself. They absolve who they want and burn who they want as need.