One of the all-time MMA greats, Fedor Emelianenko, says that Anderson Silva's failed drugs test is 'a slap in the face' to the sport.
The former Heavyweight champion was speaking in an interview with Fansided, when he finally broke silence on Silva's failed drugs test.
He joins the likes of current UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in expressing their utmost disappointment with Silva.
Steroid scandal threatens the history of the sport
When speaking about Silva, Emelianenko pulled no punches when talking about how much Silva had hurt the sport.
"It's extremely upsetting that an athlete of that level actually turned to an aid from drugs to enhance his performance. It's a slap in the face overall. A slap in the face to the sport and all the fighters in the sport," Emelianenko said.
Silva's legacy is forever tainted
"I also feel that an athlete should depend on their skill set, experience and hard work they put in and not have to look to shorten that distance between hard training and the win by using or depending on steroids or any performance enhancing drug.
"Most importantly you have to stay true to yourself as well as those fans who made you who you are as an athlete. And now due to the use of steroids, he has this trademark, I feel, as someone who uses performance-enhancing drugs to win."
With Silva's failed drugs test, it certainly has brought a lot of disrepute to Silva's legacy and no matter what, questions will now always be asked about his previous fights, even if he was clean.
It also opens the door for people to question other greats like Emelianenko or Georges St-Pierre, who're both defiant in the face of doping questions.
Emelianenko's time in PRIDE questioned
Emelianenko never fought in the UFC and made his name and legacy fighting for such organisations as Japan's PRIDE.
PRIDE has been notorious, with several of it's former fighters going on to fail drugs tests in other promotions and they were accused of never testing their fighters.
Rumours have circled Emelianenko for years but he maintains that he was clean and disputes that they were never tested.
"Actually we did get tested for steroids but everyone just assumed that because no one tested positive that there were no steroids," Emelianenko said.
"Of course the thought has crossed my mind, and assumptions were made, but it gave me strength to know that my opponent may have had to use something while I put in all of the hard work and long training trying to be a better fighter which is why, with God's help, I was able to win whether my opponent was on steroids or not."
He's been backed up on this by UFC Hall of Famer, Mark Coleman who fought in PRIDE as well.
The big takeaway from this though, is while there may be rumours and suspicions over Emelianenko's record, there's no hard evidence like there is against Silva now.
That means when you discuss 'the Greatest MMA fighter of all time', Emelianenko is going to top a lot of lists, with few rivals.
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