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Mckeever 03-31-2011 01:04 PM

Thiago Silva Admits Cheating on UFC 125 Drug Test
"Yesterday Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer filed a complaint alleging that the urine sample submitted by Thiago Silva at UFC 125 was "inconsistent with human urine". Silva took a decision win over Brandon Vera in that event which has since been overturned due to Silva's drug test failure.

Today Silva took to the UG and fessed up:

We make decisions every day of our lives. Some are good and some are bad. When you make abad decision, you can either make the situation worse by trying to cover it up or lie about it or just stick your head in the sand and refuse to acknowledge it even happened or you can own up to it with an honest explanation, accept the consequences of your actions, apologize to the people affected by it, learn from it and move on. I'm choosing the second option.

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 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 do want to explain the circumstances behind my actions. Please do not interpret this as an attempt to justify my actions. I know they were wrong and I know I made bad decisions and I know I deserve to be punished. That is why I began my statement with an admission and an apology before going into these details. This is not an excuse, only an explanation.

I had been tested on five prior occasions while fighting for the UFC before the Brandon Vera fight. Four of the tests were urine only and one included a blood sample as well in New Jersey the day before the fight. I passed each of those tests. I suffered a severe back injury shortly before theRashad Evans fight. It was the biggest fight of my career and there was no way I was going to pull out of it. I fought and lost and was out of action for a year rehabilitating the injury and getting ready to fight again.

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 Athletic Commission. I also made the decision to use a product to hide the presence of these substances in a urine test.

These decisions were mine and mine alone. I did not share this information with anyone prior to the fight for fear that I wouldnot be allowed to fight. I obviously made a terrible decision. I have since learned that it may have even been possible to fight had I been open and honest and disclosed the injury and treatment prior to the fight. I also realize that not being allowed to fight as a result of the treatment would have been a better result than the mess into which I have now gotten myself.

Again, I take full responsibility for making the decision to break the rules and try to cheat the system. I will accept the punishment I receive and will learn from this. I plan to come back as a better person and professional as a result."

If Silva is telling the truth, and I have no reason to doubt him, this is another example of the rules distorting the game. The purpose of performance enhancing drug testing is to prevent athletes from gaining an unfair and dangerous advantage by using drugs to improve their performance. In this case Silva's misunderstanding of the PED testing regime simply became a barrier between a fighter and needed health care."

Thelegend 03-31-2011 01:24 PM

ok, first off, props to thiago to fessing up to what he did and it seems honest and if it really was for injury than i can see why he made the decision.

At the same time, wtf?! bro, why not pull out? back injuries are not something to try to hide and this does not justify knowingly cheating. Thiago should get punished, but since nobody can really prove without a doubt it was for injury and he did it with intentions to cheat and tried to hide it he should be looking at and aceept a punishment of a fine, suspension and the win being changed to a no contest.

FredFish1 03-31-2011 03:11 PM

Confessing after being caught severely reduces the legitimacy of your apology in my opinion.

morninglightmt 03-31-2011 03:35 PM


Originally Posted by FredFish1 (Post 1391560)
Confessing after being caught severely reduces the legitimacy of your apology in my opinion.

Sure but what else can the guy say that this point. It's the best thing he could have said, imo. I agree with you though. Hard to give much credence to the words of a cheater after he's been caught.

It's a real shame. I have been pretty impressed with T. Silva in his UFC career. Aside from the Machida fight, he obliterated his other 5 UFC opponents. And then there was the Evans fight where he looked dangerous and nearly TKOd Evans even though he was clearly well below 100% for that fight due to his back injury.

I just think it's a shame. :thumbsdown:

trimco 03-31-2011 03:38 PM

Boot him from the UFC.

Cheaters have no place, under any circumstances, in any professional sport.

Rauno 03-31-2011 04:09 PM


Originally Posted by trimco (Post 1391573)
Boot him from the UFC.

Cheaters have no place, under any circumstances, in any professional sport.

Actually i hope they boot him from Zuffa so he can't get a contract to Strikeforce neither.

BobbyCooper 03-31-2011 05:09 PM

I don't know, I like to see him fight and he is one of the best in the world on top of that.

Considering that over 50% of all Zuffa fighters are juiceing.. acquits him in my opinion, just like Chael. 6 months layoff and a fine should be enough punishment.

bjjmatmop 03-31-2011 05:21 PM

It's up to each state athletic commission to dish out the punishment, but Zuffa/UFC should also come down hard on guys that cheat (whatever the reason) to make it clear that it cannot be tolerated. If they don't - then later on down the road the gov't will get involved and put a big black eye (pun fully intended) on the sport like they did with congressional hearings on baseball steriod use.

Dtwizzy2k5 03-31-2011 05:23 PM

To be fair, Thiago didnt use banned substances to gain an unfair advantage. Rather, he just leveled the playing field by speeding his recovery unnaturally.

Finnsidious 03-31-2011 05:48 PM

An awfully long article to say, "I'm sorry...I got caught."

Every fighter that gets caught using banned substances pulls out the same tired 'I was injured and trying to recover' excuse. It's funny how he acts like it is something new.

Get rid of him.

They won't of course, but they should.

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