Anderson Silva has issued an official statement denying that he has used any performance enhancing drugs just days after the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that he tested positive for the illegal substances, Drostanolone and Androsterone prior to UFC 183.
In the short message Silva also vows to clear his name and will be consulting his legal team to establish a plan of action.
“I’ve been competing in this sport for a very long time. This is my 19th fight in the UFC. I have been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive drug test.
I have not taken any performance-enhancing drugs. My stances on drug is, and will always be, the same. I am an advocate for a clean sport.
I’m consulting with my advisors right now to explore all my options and intend to fight this allegation and clear my name. I will not make any further comments until my team advises me to do so.”
Silva’s problem lies with an out-of-competition drug test administered by a WADA approved facility on January 9th, three weeks before his fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 this past weekend. The results were only made available to NSAC on Tuesday and then made public shortly afterwards.
In a separate statement issued yesterday, UFC president Dana White stated that despite his failed test Silva will still coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 which is due to start filming shortly.