Thiago Silva Admits Use of “Urine Adulterant”
Thiago Silva has taken the high road and admitted the use of a performance enhancing drug for his UFC 125 match against Brandon Vera. He has stated he’ll accept any punishment delivered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. From the piece at MMAJunkie:
“We make decisions every day of our lives,” Silva stated. “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.”
According to the NSAC, urinalysis of Silva’s post-UFC 125 sample produced an “invalid result” that was “inconsistent with human urine.” After Silva’s initial “A” test was flagged, the “B” sample then was tested by the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory, which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and determined the same thing.
I would be shocked if half this sport isn’t using some type of stimulant to either aid the rehabilitation process or provide extra strength on match nights. But it’s good to see an athlete in any sport simply owning up to it.