Marcio Tannure is the medical director for the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission and helped with Anderson Silva’s rehab from a broken leg.
Tannure talked with Silva after the report of a failed drug test for two different types of steroids was confirmed late Tuesday night. He said that the former UFC middleweight champion wants to clear his name in all this.
“Anderson told me he’s disappointed (and) upset because he didn’t use steroids,” Tannure told Band News Radio. “He will ask for the confirmation test because he believes the only explanation is a contamination or a mistake from the lab.
“He told me, ‘I have an impeccable career history and I wouldn’t want to tarnish my image.’ He has the right to a confirmation test and two other results.”
Tannure added that the “press is already judging him” based on the report, but the “process isn’t over yet.”
“If the whole process was already over, he would have already been suspended,” Tannure added.
Silva could see the end of his fighting career due to the failed test, as a likely suspension would keep him sidelined for the rest of the year. His UFC 183 opponent, Nick Diaz, also failed the post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites.