Wanderlei Silva Admits To Taking Banned Substances&Skipping Drug Test

Wanderlei Silva has finally appeared in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission to answer for a random drug test he skipped that caused him to be pulled from his scheduled bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175.

On Tuesday during the commission’s meeting, executive director Bob Bennett presented the case against Silva, this meeting was only for information gathering and no punishment was given.

Heres the recount from Jim Gersey about what happened that day:

“He asked me if he could speak to his manager or trainer. I asked him if this person was at the gym and he said yes. I told him that was fine and I gave him a little space, I think he had just finished working out and he went up to the front steps and I followed a little way behind him, he went into an office in the middle of the gym and came out after just a few seconds. He went back to the front counter and back past the office towards the back of the gym and around the corner to the right.
“I casually followed behind him, when I turned around the corner I realized there was an exit there and a bathroom. I didn’t see him anywhere. I went into the bathroom and looked around and didn’??t see him there. I looked around a little bit more and couldn’t find where he went. I came to the conclusion that he left.”
When the news about Silva skipping the test first came out, Sonnen claimed that the former PRIDE champion literally ran from the gym as opposed to submitting the sample, and now with testimony given by the collection agent it appears that was a true statement.

Following Bennett and Gernsey’s statements, the commission allowed Silva to say his piece. His attorney spoke on his behalf before dropping the bombshell that everything the executive director and his collection agent said Silva did that day was true.

Silva’s attorney Ross Goodman had this to say regarding the matter:

“He doesn’t dispute anything the executive director said. But he’s here to say in February of this year at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, he injured his wrist. He was prescribed by the UFC doctors anti-inflammatories. He was scheduled to fight on the May card. Early in May, I believe May 10, 2014, he had an x-ray and it confirmed that he had fractured his right wrist. The UFC then moved that fight on the May card approximately six weeks to the July 5 card, Mr. Silva, regretfully at that time, began taking diuretics. He was taking diuretics for the sole purpose of minimizing the inflammation, to decrease the water retention. He now realizes that he should have submitted the drug test. He was surprised, this was the first time in his career where something like this out of competition showed up at his gym. That doesn’t negate or minimize what Mr. Silva did. He wants to apologize to the commission. He was concerned the diuretics would show up on his sample.”

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