Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva made a statement via Instagram on Friday proclaiming his innocence after failing numerous drug tests given by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Silva, who defeated Nick Diaz last month in his return from a gruesome leg injury, was flagged for multiple steroids and other banned substances.
In the post, which you can see below, “The Spider” states he is not going to apologize because “I am still waiting for the results and analysis from the specialists that are working to reveal the truth.”
The Brazilian was given a temporary suspension by the NAC recently and is expected to appear before them for his official punishment soon.
IN RESPECT TO MY FANS I will not say anything about who I am or what I went through to get here. What matters to me now is the respect from those who have followed my career. I bled, struggled and fought because I love it and because I always wanted to honor the flag of the country I love so much. I don't know what to apologize for, because I am still waiting for the results and analysis from the specialists that are working to reveal the truth. Everything that I took since my injury are being analyzed. I look for the truth as much as all those who were surprised with the results. I always played clean, I was never a cheater. In eighteen years of my career, I never had a problem with exams. In and out of the Octagon I never slipped in compliance with the principles that always guided me. With much honor and dignity I defended my country where ever I fought. I never used any substances to better my performance in my fights. I love what I do and I would never risk what I took so long to build. I think that the hurry some people have to condemn me is unfair. The time it takes to destroy a reputation is infinitely less than that is taken to build it. I am the one who is most eager to settle this situation. I want those who have always supported me to know that I am still fighting for all the sad happenings of this situation to be cleared.