Updated 12:18 AM EST, Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Anderson Silva Denies Steroids Use; Says He is an 'Advocate for Clean Sports'

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Reacting to his positive drug test, UFC fighter Anderson Silva denied that he took steroids.

A day after the results of recent drug tests conducted on him were released, Silva finally found the courage to speak up about the issue.

MMA Weekly said in a report that Silva tested positive for steroids Drostanolone and Androstane during a test administered last Jan. 9, barely a month before his fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 which he won by unanimous decision. It noted that the said results were not relayed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) until Tuesday though it already went public.

Commenting on the results of the drug tests which revealed that he had two types of steroids on his body, Silva said that there was never a time in his life that he tested positive for such banned substances.

"I've been competing in this sport for a very long time. This is my nineteenth 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 stance on drugs is, and will always be, the same. I'm an advocate for a clean sport," Silva explained, as quoted by MMA Weekly.

The UFC fighter added that he will seek every possible remedy on the matter. He revealed that he has already met and discussed the matter with his advisors. "[I will] explore all of 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," he added in his statement.

In a similar report, ESPN added that Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Brazil's governing body for MMA has already met and talked with Silva and that the latter denied that he took steroids.

Tannure, in a radio interview, reportedly said that Silva was "disappointed" and "upset" with the positive drug test. He relayed that Silva believes there could have been a "contamination" or a "mistake" on his urine and blood samples. The doctor added that Silva is bent on requesting his "B" sample to be tested.

Of course, with the issue at hand, the UFC had to make a statement on the positive drug test of Silva and UFC President Dana White said that the fighter would, for now, continue being a coach for "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil," until they decide on what actions they will take after the investigation.

"Anderson Silva has been one of the greatest athletes this sport has ever seen. He has had a long and distinguished career in mixed martial arts. In his nine years with the UFC, Anderson has never tested positive for a banned substance. In light of this, we want to ensure that Anderson gets his due process and we will support him during this time," White told ESPN.

For his options, MMA Weekly suggested that Silva could choose to address NSAC when it convenes on Feb. 17 or he can choose to utilize the twenty days he has been given to respond to the notice served by the commission.

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