Wanderlei 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.