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Thiago Silva Releases Statement Admitting He *Tried* to Beat Post-UFC 125 NSAC Drug Test

(“Phew…They didn’t catch me.”)

When word got out yesterday that Thiago Silva gave the Nevada State Athletic Commission a non-human urine sample following his UFC 125 win over Brandon Vera in January, everyone expected the American Top Team fighter to follow in the footsteps of predecessors like Josh Barnett, Royce Gracie and Sean Sherk and deny any wrongdoing.

Well, in spite of his attempt at skirting NSAC rules, Silva has proven himself to be a bigger man than they are (and no, we’re not talking about the commission’s recent claim that it will be hiring a professional hogwatcher) by admitting he screwed up.

In a statement he sent MMAJunkie today, Silva admits that he tampered with the test by using a “urine adulterant,” meaning a chemical compound that cases dirty urine to register a false negative reading when tested. There are several products on the marked that claim to beat drug tests and even “clean” synthetic urine that can be purchased online for such purposes. Before we get into a pissing contest about who knows more about the science of beating urine tests, check out Silva’s explanation:

We make decisions every day of our lives. Some are good, and some are bad. When you make a bad 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 [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 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 the (January 2010) Rashad 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 [State] 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 would not 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.

It’s likely that the result of the bout will be changed to a “no contest.”

An NSAC hearing for Silva is set for April 7. The UFC has yet to make a statement about the situation, but it isn’t likely that Silva’s admission of guilt will prevent them from making an example of him, and rightly so. At least he still has Strikeforce….oh, wait.

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ArmFarmer- March 31, 2011 at 9:37 am
They can take the loss off his record, but they cant give him his face back. Also, i agree thiago is a cocksucker. Fuck that guy, i hope rampage and jones beat the fuck out of him and he gets fired.. Then run over by a bus.
RwilsonR- March 31, 2011 at 12:08 am
@ Waxedpants - you are such a fucking hypocr....... shit, sorry dude, I didn't read far enough down before I started to call you that. Forget what I was going to say and continue your non-competitive experimentation with roids, aphrodisiacs, and ED meds. Use together and report back to us if you can.
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm
Just as an example lets say Guida got caught using some roids and he apologized. Most people would forgive him immediately because he is an awesome guy.

You use roids and you mean mug your way around the cage and gesture chimpanzee alpha male style at a guy you just knocked out ( jardine ) then it's going to bite you in the ass way way harder.

This guys is a total asshole punk piece of shit. period.

roids? who really fucking cares --- roids and a horrible attitude? bad combo buddy -- go pick trash in the favella
The Highest Primate- March 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm
Lots of people submit fake urine, Rogan was talking on one of the latest podcasts about a trainer explaining to him how a certain fighter pisses clean by INJECTING clean piss into his bladder before being tested.. if that is true then having a perv stare at your cock to make sure its yours wont help much.. I like Thiago anyway and even if his PR team wrote the statement there are plenty of other fighters who wouldnt let them release it.. he will from now on be a KNOWN cheat rather than a suspected one, and i think it takes balls to commit to that.
and Barnett? c'mon dude at least get a bit ripped from all the roids you've taken.. softest fattest roid junkie ive ever seen.. what a waste of time..
KMagician- March 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm
I'm no so sure about Thiago being guilty, seems to me like the guy submitting the urine sample/the press statement has a hispanic accent...
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Before someone calls me a hypocrite for bashing thiago --- no I was not competing at the time.
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm
In my early 20's I also cycled on and off on a test/sustenol/dynabolin regiment. Very low dosages. Being on the antler velvet felt more like that but without the acne and roid rage .
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm
I wouldn't be surprised if extenze had some antler fuzz in it --
wtf is in it btw ? does anyone know ?
I've tried viagra recreationally ( you don't have to need it to love it ) but never extenze.

I took a reindeer velvet tincture for a month and a couple of times I took too much and had accelerated heart rate , flushed face and a painful erection. Is that what extenze does?
RwilsonR- March 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm
@ Waxedpants - is that shit like ExtenZe?
Vera- March 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm
@philoebeddoe
'He almost beat Rashad with the injury to his back…'
------------------------------------------------------------
I 'almost' won the lottery last week...
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm
http://www.deervelvet.org/sextonic.html
That's just one of many explanations of what it does. I have used it ... it's no joke.
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm
I actually think all of the natural muscle growth hormones you can take should be totally legal. In some cases when you are talking about reindeer antler velvet and bovine testicles it's a fine fine line between the "steroid" and food.
If you don't know about antler velvet check it out.
Mir please break Brocks neck- March 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Lorenzo Fertitta has a vagina. I know. I f**ked it.

Thiago Silva for President!

Frank Mir for Vice!!!

Randy Couture will beat Lyoto.

Frank Fertitta is a donkey's ballsack.

Deez Nutz!!!!!!!
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm
He deserves no credit at all for this admission. If he had admitted it immediately after the bad results or even in the few weeks following THEN he deserves some credit. He lied till he was backed into a corner then his manager pulled some damage control by releasing this statement.
cabj1905- March 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm
The ball is now in your court, Roger Clemens.
Richard Fitzentite- March 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm
@ Karma, we'll see. He gets one more crack at it.

@ nesbitt, no I'm not. Now go jump in Da oh-chin.
Dynamo- March 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm
Fighters are given things all the time to get through injuries, if you don't get caught it's because you took the proper time to clear it from your system.

I'm not saying some fighters don't take things when their not injured.. But I'm just talking about injuries. It's good he admitted it though, like Randleman.
Dynamo- March 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Those must have been some good painkillers.. That back didn't look to be a problem at all. Taking something to get by is one thing.. But this wasn't at issue at all during the fight. Many fighters take things to get by with injuries, doesn't mean they are going to be stuffing/going for take downs like they were without an injury.

Whatever, he'll be gone a year. Have fun.
fingerssfv- March 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm
At least Silva copped to it. Most other fighters never get caught, or luck out and not get tested at a point where the results would be positive. He got caught. No excuse for that, but he certainly isn't the only one to attempt such a thing. He did what he felt was a necessary but illegal action, so he could still fight and get that check. These guys live for that check, so he did what he had to do, no matter how illegal it might have been. Just give him the benefit of a doubt and hope that if he weren't injured that he would choose not to cheat, by using illegal substances.
Bootylam- March 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Guaranteed most of these guys use some sort of stuff, most just know how to cycle down correctly. All you guys crying "cheater!" are delusional if you truly believe otherwise. Sorry.
nesbitt- March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm
@Richard Fitzentite
you also getting confused betweem Kendall 'Da Spyder' Grove, and Brandon 'The Truth' Vera.
superflat- March 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Not to say Silva can beat Jon Jones, but I imagine the UFC is feeling an increased need to hang on to legit light heavyweight challengers. Should bode well for Silva.
macreadysshack- March 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm
And . . . lol @ RwilsonR

"Your balls are shruken"

"Have at you!!!!"
macreadysshack- March 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm
lol @ silverhawaiin . . . He gets his money for nuthin and his chicks for free . . .
philoebeddoe- March 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Thiago is good to admit it and fucking move on. He would have probably smacked Vera around without those drugs. He almost beat Rashad with the injury to his back...

Who gives a shit anyway about roids. Use them. I dont care.
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