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Quick Quote of the Day: Silva Says He Was Injured Heading Into UFC 134 Bout With Okami


According to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, he injured his shoulder while sparring with Junior dos Santos prior to his UFC 134 bout with Yushin Okami and was put on painkillers for the injury. Silva revealed to the Brazilian magazine Veja that he was in pain the day of the bout and that he took some painkillers to ensure he could fight, but says that unlike guys like Bas Rutten and Karo Parisyan who failed to reveal their use of analgesics to their respective athletic commissions prior to bouts, he did tell the group in charge of overseeing the event that he took the unnamed drug prior to the bout.

“A month before the fight I injured my shoulder while training with Junior dos Santos and I was feeling a lot of pain in Rio. I had to take some medicine and warn the athletic commission about it. I’ve talked to my doctors. I had an MRI and then I started feeling pains in my shoulder but the doctors let me go and said it was not that serious,” Silva says. “It’s a small injury, but I guess it’s on the [rotator] cuff and bothers me. I’ll rest for a while and get healed.”

The problem lies in the fact that the “commission” in this case was actually the UFC and whether or not the type of medication he took prior to the bout is an approved one and if not, will the UFC report it remains to be seen. The promotion has revealed positive drug tests in the past as they did in the case of Chris Leben who tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol following his UFC 89 loss to Michael Bisping, but what if the guilty party was its most popular champion and arguably its biggest asset?

Banned painkillers include oxycodone and oxymorphone, while approved ones include ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

It will be interesting to hear if the type of drug is revealed by the UFC or if anyone bothers to ask.

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DangadaDang- September 6, 2011 at 9:01 am
Honestly I think Silva could have fought that match with the arm in a sling and won.
Get Off Me- September 6, 2011 at 8:51 am
The fact that Silva disclosed this information to the appropriate parties needs to be respected. Anderson may have taken aspirin, tylenol or even oxycodon, but he did not do this in efforts to enhance his performance so much as to treat a nagging injury.
Chael Sonnen is an example of how not to go about taking medication or other banned substances, not Anderson Silva.
I really think if Silva would not have clipped his toe nails before a fight we would have to read an article about it from the haters.
Sloppyspray- September 6, 2011 at 6:50 am
Deal_the_Seal- September 6, 2011 at 3:33 am
In the article you quote it says "anti-inflammatory". How exactly does that translate to painkiller? And how does that relate to something like anabolic steroids? And where do you translate "I've told the athletic commission" into "I've told the UFC but they will never tell I have been using drugs because I am awesome".... uhm?
Gorgzilla- September 6, 2011 at 1:23 am
FBF +1 internets.
CP -1 internets.
This article, tasteless speculation.
Now go get som facts like real journalists!
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SnackDaddy- September 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm
Listen CP, i hate to busting your balls cause i've grown to love this website-- I feel MMA fans are generally the bigest douchebags out there, but this site has a rather refreshing and charming lot.
Now back to busting your balls... I don't see what Silva did wrong here to get so much flack, or any for that matter. His shoulder was hurting, he consulted with the UFC and took some painkillers. Boo fucking hoo, big fucking deal. You gotta give it to the guy for owning up. Why do you have to make it sound like he's covering his tracks and already guilty. Show some respect to the champ. Damn straight! I bet if Chael had done the same thing he'd be described as "crazy", "out-there" and "cool". And while we're at it, stop being so biased against British fighters.
Savageleto- September 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm
He most likely took something that was over the counter.. like Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, Motrin, etc...

I am pretty sure they would not let someone fight on Opiates.

And he did disclose what he took to the judges/commission before the fight.
Todd M- September 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm
Word FBF. Listen CP I don't want to bitch and threaten to leave the site, but this is sort of irresponsible journalism, no? I like this site because of the humour and that u guys don't usually have an agenda when reporting the news, except maybe a bit of Dana bashing, but this is different. Dana can take some flack, his agressive approach to media, fighters and retractors kind of asks for it, but here you have muddied Silva's character, possibly unintentionally, when attacking UFC's way of regulating. I don't think that the UFC either has done anything wrong here, Brazil has no athletic commision so would you have prefered that the UFC held no tests at all? What message would that send?
RwilsonR- September 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm
"...but what if the guilty party was its most popular champion and arguably its biggest asset?" - GSP is on drugs?
Redping- September 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm
fbf for president
fatbellyfrank- September 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm
we got nothin, but we're gonna post an article anyway, cause there might be a problem with something he may or may not have taken,and the UFC might not say anything or maybe they will, and might not tell the truth or maybe they will and if you read the tea leaves and listen to the druids something happened somewhere to someone, we think.
There, summed up yer article for ya
MediumRare- September 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm
What the fuck ever.
If these fuckers aren't juiced up to the eyeballs on stanabol during their training camp, numbed out of their minds on oxycodone and tweaked out of their souls on speed for the fight, they're just not taking this shit seriously enough.
RaginAsian- September 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Ibuprofin and acetaminophin are just Advil and Tylenol. If a doctor prescribed that to him, he's getting ripped off.
LukeTheDuke- September 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Please join the forums so we can have our way with you.
fightfan- September 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Here is another "translation" of that interview is which Sivla mentions being hurt/taking meds.....

"Actually I did not. A month prior to the fight, I hurt my shoulder sparing with Junior Cigano, and I went to Rio feeling pain. I had to take anti-inflammatory and clear the medication I took with the Commission."

A lot different that stating Silva was on painkillers. The title of this article should of just sadi, Silva on Heroin. Couldnt fight without it.

This CP post simply a poor translation by another if Silva's haters. Their translation of portuguese is not too good.
fightfan- September 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm
This being blown way out of proportion. I've read 2 different "translations" of the interview. This one makes it sound like Silva was high on Oxycontin during the bout.

Where the other simply states that Silva asked the commission what he was able to take to be in accordance with the regs. Silva was advised that he could take anti-inflammatory meds. So, the whole "painkillers" is blown way out of proprtion. The UFC advised him tht he coule take thes anti-inflamatory meds. There is no fight commission in Brazil, so the UFC oversaw all testing.
mt59801- September 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Roy Nelson would've been cut for some shit like this, but Anderson problem. I sort of get the feeling that Dana would overlook someone raping his mother if they generated enough PPV buys
cabj1905- September 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm
So, by your logic, he can walk in the cage with a knife, but just because he doesn't use it, it's OK? Yeah, Anderson didn't get touched. That doesn't mean he didn't walk in the cage under the influence of a painkiller. Had he been put in a submission and didn't tap, everyone would be all over it, but just because it wasn't a competitive fight it's OK. I don't have an agenda against Anderson. To me, he's neither here, nor there. I just want to see a level playing field for all fighters and the same repercussions put forth for equal offenses. Who said anything about helping you avoid punches or making you a lethal striker? I said performance-enhancing in terms of sustaining punishment. Anderson Silva haters and nuthuggers alike are foolish.
RSparrow- September 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm
Big deal. At least he was forthcoming, and it had absolutely zero to do with the fight. Silva could have beaten him even he was rolling around the cage in a wheelchair.
momoiverson- September 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Cabj, you're retarded. You act as if he was taking power punches without flinching from a good striker or something. Please explain to me how a pain killer is going to help you avoid getting hit?? If anything, being on a pain killer would slow your heart rate, effectively making you slower, and more "zombie"-like. Pain killers do not just make you a lethal striker. I am a huge Diaz fan and am pro-pot, but I mean, at least he took some punishment that fight, so they can sort of use that excuse. Anderson haters are foolish.
combatsciencemma- September 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm
It's crazy how a guy who is undefeated in the UFC and breaking all records is so hated on. Like unless you know him personally and achieved what he did how could you judge him or especially call him a pussy? Wow what disrespect to a guy who sacrifices, trains and fights some of the toughest guys in the world.
Rugger- September 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm
cab you might have had a point if okami actually got a hand on him
djp1988- September 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm
I say fuck it. Let them all be roided out, it'll be more entertaining that way.
cabj1905- September 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm
If Nick Diaz got a victory revoked for marijuana, the same should happen to Anderson Silva for whatever painkiller he took. The NSAC's reasoning to turn Nick's submission victory over Gomi to a no-contest, was that "the THC levels acted as a performance enhancer because it numbed the pain and he gained an unfair advantage." Well, fuck me in the ass if a painkiller on the day of the fight isn't gonna numb the pain during the fight. The only difference here is disclosure.