Anderson Silva Claims He ‘Never Used Steroids’, Hopes for USADA Decision Soon
Anderson Silva says he is an innocent man.
The former UFC middleweight champion is still awaiting word from USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) on a potential sanction after he tested positive for a banned substance in the lead up to his last scheduled fight against Kelvin Gastelum in November 2017.
Silva had previously been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for a pair of anabolic steroids in 2015 but he’s always maintained his innocence in that case as well.
Now Silva is doing the same as he waits on USADA to ultimately decide his fate based on this latest anti-doping policy infraction.
“All my doctors, my lawyer, go to collaboration with USADA to see everything and I’m very excited,” Silva told TMZ this past weekend.
“[I’ve never used] nothing, never in my life. First of all, my body never changed. Sometimes the problem is you use a different supplement and this will happen. I’m very confident about my side because I’ve never used steroids in my life.”
While Silva did acknowledge his past suspension, the 42-year old Brazilian stands by his previous claim that he never cheated on purpose and ultimately it was his attorney who let him down when trying to explain the situation in Nevada back in 2015.
“The first time, I tried to respond about everything and my lawyers failed,” Silva said. “It’s not my fault. I tried to explain everything because nothing happened.”
As of now, USADA has made no statement regarding Silva’s future or any potential arbitration on his doping case so there’s no telling exactly when a decision will be made or how long he may be forced to sit on the sidelines as a result.
Still, Silva is adamant that he’ll come out of this situation unscathed with plans to return to fighting once it’s all settled.
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“I’m just waiting because the fight is my life,” Silva said. “I need to wait for USADA decision but I’m excited [to be] back.”