Dana White Believes Wanderlei Silva Would Have Been Better Off Testing Positive Than Running

June 20, 2014
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Dana WhiteWanderlei Silva this week released a YouTube video declaring that he was happy to have told the truth to the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday about avoiding a random drug test and admitting to having used diuretics.

Diuretics are considered prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is the standard the NSAC uses for drug testing.

“I have nothing to hide and I am glad we solved this,” said Silva. “Now I’m waiting for (Chael) Sonnen’s suspension to end or (Vitor) Belfort to get licensed.”

Silva may believe he has cleared his situation with the commission and will be fighting again soon, but the commission surely didn’t seem to think so and neither does his boss, UFC president Dana White.

“I’m not the athletic commission, but I think (Silva) is very wrong,” White said Thursday afternoon in an exclusive interview with UFC.com.

“I think he’s in big trouble (with the commission). You cannot run away from a test. You can’t do it, and it sets a very bad precedent. He would have been better off taking the test and testing positive than running from the test. But I’m not a commission member. Maybe I’m wrong and he’s right. We’ll see what happens.”

It certainly seems that the commission intends formal action of some sort.

“Certainly there can be consequences for failure to comply because the very purpose of random testing is to test it when we select for the executive director to order for that random testing. I certainly think it would be appropriate for consideration,” said commissioner Skip Avansino during the Tuesday NSAC meeting where Silva admitted to his transgressions.

“Based on the information that we have at this point in time,” added commissioner Pat Lundvall. “I would like to propose that we file a disciplinary complaint.”

“With that information (from Silva), I will move forward with the Executive Director and determine how we will file this complaint,” said Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar, indicating that the matter was not yet resolved.

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  • Kris-tyahn

    Silva: “I have nothing to hide and I am glad we solved this,” – “Nothing to hide?” which is why he took off, out the back door, but he had nothing to hide (wink wink). Must of had to use the bathroom right bad, and he’s one of them people who will not sit on a toilet that the “public” uses.
    Lke Dana said, Silva was much better off being a man & accept the consequences for his stupidity/actions. I’d be surprised if Silva wasn’t suspended from fighting for 2 years or more! Fighters get 9-12 months suspension just for testing positive. They should make an example of Silva & I think they will.
    If you want to risk your reputation/career & lose thousands & thousands of dollars, by cheating, is one thing. But to pull a Forrest Gump when they ask for a random drug test, is something completely different. The NSAC are going to send a strong message that if you ever pull a disappearing trick like Silva, it’s going to cost you a lot more than a 9-12 month suspension.

    • Seth

      It’s just Wandarlei. He thinks just becuase he was “succesful” in a company ran by mafia, he can now do more than others and get away with it. He needs big reality check and I agree – they should make an example out of him. And the big one. Big enough for others to go “F that…I would rather test positive and be suspended for a year, than get same punishment as Wandarlei did”


    Dana I member when you do white coke with me dana & drink bottle what wrong dana? U no love wandy no more? I PUNK U LIKE TYSON WHEN I SEE U DANA!

  • anti ufc mma fan

    The UFC is lame now they don’t care about the fighters. Bruce buffer probably makes more than most fighters. Any Drill instructor can do the same better. If you have tattoos and act like an idiot you get into the UFC while talented fighters never get seen.

  • Barbie Doll

    Such BS! The use of diuretics is for purposes of cloaking PEDs, nothing more. Anabolic Steroids are especially popular with aging MMA stars. How else to keep up with your young opponents. A man loses considerable testosterone with each year beyond 30.