Anderson Silva Denies Using PEDs in New Statement: “I Was Never a Cheater”
By FCF Staff
Not long after it was reported that Anderson Silva allegedly tested positive for steroids leading up to UFC 183, he denied using PEDs, and following additional test failures the legendary fighter has repeated that claim.
Recently it was revealed that in addition to a pre-fight, out-of-competition drug test, Silva also allegedly tested positive for banned substances in two fight day tests he was submitted.
The 39 year-old fighter recently posted the following statement on Instagram:
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.
Silva worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Diaz at UFC 183, but if his test results stand, that result will be overturned. The former middleweight champ is currently temporarily suspended and is expected to appear in front of the Nevada Commission next month.