Even though he failed both pre and post-fight drug tests for two anabolic steroids, sleep aids, and anti-anxiety medications during his UFC 183 win over Nick Diaz, all-time UFC great Anderson Silva continues to insist that he’s far from a cheater.
The legendary former champ is currently awaiting his hearing date with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) that will decide his immediate fighting future, but ‘The Spider’ spoke up on Instagram to once again state that he did not cheat and has never been a doper:
“About my doping case, I’m waiting for the commission and my lawyers. I’m not a cheater and I never had a juiced body. Just watch my fights in Japan, when I fought at 176 pounds because there was no 185 pound division, and the guys I fought cut from 220 to 207. So for those ‘experts’, go search real facts.
“I apologize to my followers and fans that give me strength and criticize me with the intention to help me instead of bringing me down, because I don’t want you to think that I’m being rude with you. I’m just tired of listening to lies and false accusations. I don’t live in a glass case, I’m not a saint and I never said I was the best. I always did what I love with truth, without overshadowing and lying to anyone. Unfortunately, I can’t please everybody because I’m not and I don’t wanna be unanimous.”
Silva never did test positive for any banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in his lengthy career, yet many are attributing his surprising recent failures to him making an effort to recover faster from his cringe-inducing broken leg suffered against Chris Weidman in their UFC 168 rematch.
We may never know what exactly the case is regarding that speculation. Silva will soon have his day to appear before the commission, and with the new and harsh set of drug-testing guidelines recently instituted, ‘The Spider’ could be out of action for a significant amount of time.
At almost 39 years old, that’s not a good thing for a fighter who says he wants to continue competition in the Octagon. With PED use a controversial topic that currently sits at the forefront of MMA, will the NAC decide to make an example out of an illustrious name, or will they instead choose to take it easy on a champion who had previously never run afoul of the rules?