Anderson Silva releases statement following flagged test

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The greatest fighter in UFC history has had an anti-doping test flagged last week, was provisionally suspended pending an investigation, and was thus removed from a fight with Kelvin Gastelum on November 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, China.

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping stepped up in the definition of gameness. And now Silva has released a statement.

“Obviously, I think everything is part of a process of evolution,” he wrote. “With each passing day I can learn more about who I am. I’m here to thank all my fans, especially my coaches and all the contributors for this long journey. I can’t express my feeling and how sad I am because we all invest love, passion and time in this camp. I don’t know exactly the plans of God for me. But anyway, I can only thank him and all of you. For the love and affection, nothing is more gratifying at this moment than having you by my side. I will not give up, much less stop doing what I love. Not because of fame or money, it’s because I love to fight. So no matter what happens from now on, nothing changes. My plans are the same. Nothing changed. A big kiss for everyone and see you soon.”

Given the number of USADA anti-doping test failures that ended up being in error, Silva has the presumption of innocence. It’s difficult, however, when the fighter has already failed a test previously – Silva was suspended for a year after failing a test that he uncompellingly attributed to a bootleg erectile dysfunction drug he took in Thailand. And it’s difficult when he nowhere in his statement said he is clean.