Rather than drag out the proceedings with a fabricated defense, Thiago Silva has chosen to admit his wrongdoings and accept his punishment.
In a prepared statement sent to MMA Junkie, Silva admitted to using a banned substance and trying to cover it up by using an “urine adulterant,” following yesterday’s revelation that Silva’s UFC 125 drug test sample was found to be “inconsistent with human urine.” Silva apologized for his actions in the statement and offered an explanation for why he used the banned substance. He claims he re-injured his back 45 days out from the Vera fight, so rather than withdraw he chose to inject his back with a banned substance to get through the training camp and the fight.
“I used a urine adulterant when giving a sample following my fight with Brandon Vera. I did so in an attempt to alter the results of the test and knowingly broke the rules of the Nevada (State) Athletic Commission. This was a terrible decision on my part for which I will be punished. I am prepared to accept this punishment, learn from it and move on. I apologize to the commission, the UFC, Brandon Vera and the MMA fans.”
“I reinjured my back 45 days before the fight with Brandon Vera. After not fighting for a year, I made the decision to not pull out of the fight. I also decided that the only way I could continue with the fight was to take injections in my back and spine that contained substances prohibited by the Nevada (State) Athletic Commission. I also made the decision to use a product to hide the presence of these substances in a urine test.”
Silva made it a point in the statement to say that his reasons for using the banned substance, which he did not specify, were not an excuse and only an explanation for his actions. He said he acted alone and accepts full responsibility and whatever punishments the NSAC doles out. I suggest you read the entire statement to get his full perspective on the situation.
It’s not too often that we see a fighter admit to using banned substances after a positive test, or in this case, an “invalid test.” Usually they deny it until they’re blue in the face and blame it on their supplements. Hermes Franca confessed to using a banned substance in his UFC 73 title fight against Sean Sherk, who was also popped for PED’s in that fight. Franca’s actions were by and large forgiven and forgotten by the MMA community while Sherk was labeled as a “steroid cheat” as he feverishly denied the allegations. At least in the court of public opinion, it seems admitting your wrongdoings is the way to go.
So I ask you: Now that Silva has confessed, will you forgive and forget? Or see Silva as a “steroid cheat” the rest of his career?
Related: The winner in this story, Brandon Vera, tells Ariel Helwani that this unlikely second chance “has changed my whole outlook on life.”
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