In wake of his positive drugs test, Anderson Silva has come out and denied any wrongdoing and will fight to clear his name.
In a statement released via his manager, Silva said he has not used any steroids and that he is still 'an advocate for a clean sport'.
The Brazilian MMA legend failed drugs test for two steroid substances has rocked the UFC and left Silva's career and legacy in jeopardy.
The next big fight will happen in court
Silva's statement also noted that he was going to be speaking to his legal team in order to discuss their options and try to clear his name.
"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," Silva explained.
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"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.
"I’m consulting with my advisors right now to 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."
Cung Le version 2.0?
Silva will be hoping for a situation similar to that of Cung Le from last year, where he was tested improperly and the result thrown out.
However, the situation is very different from the one that Le went through last year as these tests were performed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), rather than by a facility chosen by the UFC.
It has also emerged that the pre-fight test, of which Silva wasn't required to do in his last two fights in Vegas, was an extra test paid for by the UFC, rather than the NSAC.
The blame game begins
UFC Heavyweight, Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva is leading the charge for Anderson's name to be cleared - placing the blame instead on Anderson's doctor, Marcio Tannure.
Bigfoot told Globo Esporte that Tannure was the reason that he himself got banned for nine months after failing a drugs test.
"I had a problem with this doctor and I ended nine months suspended for doping. It was the time of the TRT. I made an application to replace the hormone at the time and was released.
"I knew completely what he was doing and was allowed, but he gave me a higher dose than the body needed. No evil desire, but do not want on my side," said the heavyweight.
He says because of this, Silva may have taken something on Tannure's orders without knowing the consequences.
"I am absolutely sure that he is not guilty of anything. I think he must have made use of something on the orders of the doctor. He was the victim doping. I think people upstairs (the Commission) need to see that. It is not the first case of this doctor (Marcio Tannure). They need to see how the athletes are and who's leaving these problems."
The UFC keeping Silva on side so far
Despite Silva's drugs test failure and the massive headache that it's going to cause for them, the UFC are so far treating the case very delicately.
Dana White announced that Silva will keep his coaching role on the upcoming version of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 and they'll make sure that he has support during his time.
White said that Silva had never failed a test before and as such, he'll get 'due process' but one has to wonder that it's because Silva is one of the UFC's biggest moneymakers that he's getting such support.
It's the same for Jon Jones and his cocaine usage, if you earn the big money, you get due process but if you're not, then your UFC future is decided on whim.
Just ask Mike King who was cut from the UFC after a failed test, but at the same event Kevin Casey failed but remained on the roster.
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